Rock SchulerRock Schuler is the Rector (Pastor) of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland. He has served as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church since 1990 after studying for the priesthood at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in Congregational Development in 2002. In the course of his ministry, Rock has served on an Indian Reservation, in rural Wyoming, and in major suburban areas. In addition to pastoring the people of his congregation, he has been involved in community service projects to serve the homeless, refugees, and the addicted. He’s also been involved in international outreach projects in Latin America and Africa. Rock’s spiritual roots lie in the early Christian Church, in Native American spirituality, in the liturgical worship and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and most especially in his own personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. He appreciates the mystery and mysticism of the Christian faith while offering thanks for a lifelong and joyous love of Jesus. Rock, born in 1965, is from Wyoming, where he served his first two churches. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met while serving a parish outside of Philadelphia, and has two beautiful daughters, Leia and Rebecca. Rock is into science fiction and fantasy (especially "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek," "Lost," and "The Lord of the Rings"), movies, reading, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and running.
Host: Is there a deeper spiritual aspect to life?
Rock Schuler: Well around 1600 or 1700 years ago, a man by the name of Augustin, wrote in his autobiography, Our hearts are restless for God until they rest in you. By that, he meant that there is at the core of our being a hole, if you will, a hole that has been built into the center of who we are by our creator, designed to be filled by the presence of God. That hole shows us that we are fundamentally spiritual beings, created to be in a relationship with the spiritual with God. That is why, virtually every human society has developed a particular spirituality, a religion to try and fill that hole. So, yes, we are spiritual beings. How do we get in touch with the spiritual core of ourselves? First of all, recognize that hole at the center of who we are and then fill it with the presence of God.