Rockland County resident and former pastor, Rev. Robert Chase, will lead a discussion based on his new book, "Beyond the Comma," at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25 at the Palisades Library, 19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964.
Chase builds on the image of the comma, a mark of punctuation that separates everything that comes before from all that is to follow and applies it to the life journey. Some of life's "commas" are intentionally planned like a sabbatical or the birth of a child; and some are imposed by forces beyond our control such as a devastating diagnosis or a natural disaster. The author challenges the reader to be attentive to these shifts in our lives and to navigate the multi-layered "intersections" that such moments reveal. Chase contends that as we engage these moments creatively, we become more fully human.
Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God" and “Zealot” comments: "Chase has written nothing less than a manifesto for how to live a reflective, active life in the modern world." Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College, adds, "a clear and clarion call for building a just and compassionate society...this book raises all the crucial questions and answers with bold exclamation points!"
After serving as interim pastor of the Palisades Presbyterian Church from 1997-1999, Rev. Chase became director of communication for the United Church of Christ where he served for eight years. He then became founding director of Intersections International, a multi-faith initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York from 2007 until his retirement earlier this year.
The program at the Palisades Library is part of a series that features local authors. Coffee and dessert will be served. Signed books will be available for sale; cash or checks only please. For more information please see robertjchase.com