What are rituals?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rev. Rock Schuler defines religious rituals.

    Rock Schuler

    Rock 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.

    What are rituals?

    Rock Schuler: Rituals are habits that form within us, a holy disposition, a particular outlook upon life. They cultivate within us our spirituality. They undergird and reinforce our spirituality. Rituals are things that we do repetitively. Even non-ritualistic spiritual traditions have rituals, they might gather once a week for worship or every time they gather for worship, there might be a sermon. Those gathering, those sermons are rituals.

    Rituals are the pillars that uphold our spirituality, our faith. They keep us in contact, in touch with the presence of God around us