"There's no doubt that if we but listen, we will know . . . God is still speaking" are words from the United Church of Christ's identity campaign. Robert Chase served as director of communication for the UCC when it was launched. Its slogan comes from a statement by comedian Gracie Allen: "Never place a period where God has placed a comma." In his immensely creative, wide-ranging, and stirring memoir, Chase provides ample evidence of the value of staying open to new ideas and revelations.
Chase is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and earned his MDiv from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He 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. Now retired, he was the Founding Director of Intersections International, a global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York.
Chase models for us a fresh, path-breaking, and engaging adventure that is always alert to God's word. Intersections is a global program designed to "harness the power of unlikely voices to speak and act for peace, justice and reconciliation. We bring together communities in conflict and crisis with our unique and proven ability to convene and spark constructive, open conversations around the issues that divide us. We gather diverse -- and often unexpected -- voices around a common table. We create safe space for the free flow of ideas. we seek innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems."
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. The author empathizes with Anne Lamott who has admitted, "My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another." He, too, has wrestled with doubt and learned that risk is an essential ingredient in a flourishing life.
Another important expression of Chase's Christian faith is his appreciation of the imagination as a continuing spur to societal transformation and personal renewal. The author tells many stories about the good medicine of art and culture. He also respects God's love of diversity as manifest in the incredible variety of human beings with endless quirks and idiosyncrasies.
Whether writing about race, his 9/11 experiences, interreligious cooperation, a severe concussion, or his sensitivity toward transitions, Chase convinces us again and again of the marvelous miracles that abound in our lives and demand to be acknowledged and appreciated.