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Dr. Shaun Casey Takes Temporary Leave from Wesley to Serve in U.S. State Department

Jul 29 2013

Last month, Dr. Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary’s professor of Christian ethics, began his new duties as the special advisor to the Secretary of State for faith-based community initiatives. Casey remains an important member of Wesley’s faculty and will return to his regular position at the conclusion of this assignment.    

Secretary of State John Kerry is the president's chief foreign affairs adviser. During his leave of absence, Casey will be Kerry’s chief religion advisor in this newly established office.

Casey is an authority and frequent lecturer on the intersection of faith and public policy.  He served as a senior advisor for religious affairs and as national evangelical coordinator during President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

“Religion is a complex and multivalent force in international politics,” said Casey. “My position at the State Department recognizes the growth of the importance of religious engagement in U.S. foreign policy.  My work at Wesley offers a tremendous foundation for understanding faith and practice that I will use in support of Secretary Kerry.”

In addition to his work at Wesley, Casey served as a consultant to the Project on Religion and Post Conflict Reconstruction at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a visiting scholar at the Center for American Progress. In 2009 he published a book on the role of religion in the 1960 presidential election. He received his master of divinity, master of public administration, and doctor of theology degrees from Harvard University.

“We are glad a member of our faculty can serve the country in this way and play such a key role at the intersection of religion and public life,” said the Rev. Dr. David McAllister Wilson, Wesley’s president. “This is why Wesley was established in the nation’s capital, to be a truly global seminary.”

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