Below are upcoming book signings, readings, conversations with the author, presentations, workshops, etc. for Beyond the Comma. Watch this space for additional events as they develop.

September 26, 2017; 12:00 noon

U.S. State Department, Ralph Bunche Library
2201 C St. NW, Washington DC 20520

Attendance is limited. For security clearance to gain access to the State Department, contact Bob Chase by September 15.

Sunday, November 19, 2017; 11:30 a.m.

Union Congregational Church
176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043



January 14-28, 2018

Southern Florida
Various venues; Details to come



February 3-12, 2018

Los Angeles area
Various venues; Details to come


Negotiations are underway for additional venues in Washington, DC; New York; St. Louis; Indianapolis and the Bay Area. If you are interested in securing an event for your location, contact Bob Chase at or 216-789-2314.

About this book: The comma is a simple mark of punctuation. It separates all that has come before from whatever is to follow. Likewise, on life’s journey, we encounter those “comma times”—some intricately planned and self-created (a sabbatical; a day of reflection; a solitary prayer); others imposed, sometimes violently or without warning, by external forces.

Beyond the Comma challenges the reader to be attentive to those moments. They literally give us pause. And, in those times, we are increasingly aware that life consists of multi-layered intersections—some deeply personal; some corporate, even global. As we engage these intersections and explore their interrelationship, we become more whole.

Through personal memoirs and reflections on public events, Beyond the Comma explores these intersections and offers insights to readers as they seek to navigate the waters of their own lives.

What others are saying about Beyond the Comma:

“Chase has written nothing less than a manifesto for how to live a reflective, active life in the modern world. Read this book and be on the lookout for your own ‘comma times.’”—Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot.

“A clear and clarion call for building a just and compassionate society coming from deep religious pathos. This book raises all the crucial questions and answers with bold exclamation points!”—Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of Hebrew Union College, the Reform Seminary in Jerusalem

“Bob Chase reminds us there are moments in life when we need to step back and consider the important things that define the path forward. Here is a roadmap on how to choose the right forks in the road.”—Mike McCurry former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, and professor, Wesley Theological Seminary


 Until his retirement earlier this year, Robert Chase served as Founding Director of Intersections International, a global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and earned his M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. Chase served as Director of Communication for the United Church of Christ, and was founder and President of Creative Connections in Media. He is an award-winning video producer/director with more than 100 productions to his credit.

As a frequent keynote presenter, producer, consultant and communications strategist and workshop leader, Bob Chase is available for leadership in a variety of settings, religious and secular. Learn more at

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