Having Bob Chase as a guest in my course on ecumenism proved to be a great opportunity to launch the conversation on how ecumenical engagement expands to include interfaith dialogue and relationship building. Bob’s decade long experience with Intersections provided a rich context for our class to explore the many possibilities that are at hand … Continue reading Rev. Geoffrey A. Black; Visiting Professor of Leadership and Ecumenical Studies, Eden Theological Seminary

Rev. Geoffrey A. Black; Visiting Professor of Leadership and Ecumenical Studies, Eden Theological Seminary

Chase models for us a fresh, path-breaking, and engaging adventure that is always alert to God's word. With surging energy, Chase probes the various ways in which God is still speaking in the rough-and-tumble world of war and hatred, humor, and moments of deep joy, mundane meetings and meaningful mishaps. Whether writing about race, his … Continue reading Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

Rev. Chase's interactive session on 'Beyond the Comma' was an uplifting call to arms for justice. His book arrives at a moment in history that finds us seeking to make sense of a changing world order giving rise to increasing intolerance and community compartmentalization.  Rev. Chase invited us to pause and reflect deeply with him, … Continue reading Melody Fox Ahmed; Associate Director for Programs, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Georgetown University

Melody Fox Ahmed; Associate Director for Programs, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Georgetown University

Recently, I attended an evening of song and story at First Tampa UCC. The program featured Robert Chase sharing readings from his book, Beyond The Comma, and he was accompanied by Fred Johnson who performed percussion and sang. Bob chose anecdotal vignettes from his experiences promoting 'interreligious' co-operation and how "God is still speaking". Between stories, … Continue reading Rev. Drew Willard; actor, Biblical storyteller

Rev. Drew Willard; actor, Biblical storyteller

While few of us can manage to be in Pakistan, we can take some good cues from you regarding listening and understanding with no pressure to change and no judgement.  These are skills that can be put to use in most situations, including being faced with others with different basic beliefs and ideas.  Even one … Continue reading Elsa Seifert; Journalist, Los Angeles

Elsa Seifert; Journalist, Los Angeles

In his workshop with Coral Gables Congregational UCC, Robert Chase challenged a diverse gathering of church members to see life’s “comma moments” as God’s gift for reflection on where life has led us and for discerning significant and meaningful ways to move life pathways forward in positive ways. More than just a lecture, Bob’s session was … Continue reading Dr. Ron Morgan; Director of Music Ministries, Coral Gables UCC

Dr. Ron Morgan; Director of Music Ministries, Coral Gables UCC

What a wonderful evening we had working with Robert Chase at the Soul Cafe in New Hampshire.  We shared the stage and passed the baton as we sang songs and he read from his new insightful book, Beyond the Comma.  The interactive energies he shared carried us as an audience into introspective thought that then led … Continue reading Mandee Radford Langley, member of musical duo Alathea

Mandee Radford Langley, member of musical duo Alathea

Do we live in “comma” times, open and connected to each other? Or, are we in “period” times, separated and at odds with each other? Drawing on his wide experience, Bob Chase makes a profound case, rich with insight and practical advice, for how each of us can create and embrace the comma moments in … Continue reading Tim Crist; member Union Congregational Church

Tim Crist; member Union Congregational Church

At Bob’s recent book event, I was struck by how wonderfully atypical it was. Bob not only sparked our imaginations with both intimately personal and culturally relevant stories, but also opened up a rich dialogue about being fully present in life’s transitional moments, essentially making each one of us a co-author of the story of … Continue reading Rev. Jennifer Crumpton, author of Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News

Rev. Jennifer Crumpton, author of Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News

Karl Barth famously said that preaching should be done with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.  I don't really disagree, but your book - and my own experience - suggests that, more than the newspaper, we need to pair the Bible with deep attentiveness to the "ordinary."  Your writing displays … Continue reading Rev. John Thomas, former General Minister and President, UCC

Rev. John Thomas, former General Minister and President, UCC