President Obama made an announcement Thursday that confirmed Joshua DuBois (pictured at podium) the director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has officially resigned.
During his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama confirmed that DuBois’ resignation would be effective February 8, 2013. Joshua DuBois was only 26-years-old when he was selected by President Obama to head up the faith-based organization’s office. DuBois has also been known as the president’s closest spiritual advisor.
A White House official disclosed that DuBois is leaving his post to author a book and teach theology at New York University. DuBois also is planning to launch a new organization of his own alongside Michael Wear, a key assistant to DuBois in the White House’s faith-based organization. Michael Wear has confirmed his resignation as well.
Elizabeth Tenety, a writer and correspondent for the Washington Post wrote an article about DuBois that detailed turbulence during his tenure as the director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships organization. Tenety wrote:
Over DuBois’ tenure, the office been criticized for failing to address one of the core issues around government funded programs run by religious organizations–that of faith-based hiring and firing. A 2012 report left ‘critical questions unanswered’about how the government could work with religious groups within the limits established by the First Amendment. DuBois at the time called the findings ‘an important step’ and said the recommendations would ‘strengthen the government’s relationship with faith-based organizations in a manner that protects religious liberty and the separation of church and state.’ (The Washington Post)