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: What are some examples of living more fully?
Rock Schuler: Well, the spiritual is disguised if you will or revealed in everyday circumstances and in everyday occurrences and relationships in the people that we interact with on a day-to-day basis. We begin to see the spiritual center of our spouse, we begin to see the blessedness of our children, we begin to reap rich rewards spiritually from the work that we do day-by-day or the volunteer activities that we engage in, the giving of ourselves. We begin to see that as we give ourselves away to others with love, with care, with compassion, the spiritual nature of ourselves is built-up; we learn to find spiritual within ourselves as we begin to see the spiritual in our relationships, in our circumstances and nature all around us. We can walk out into the backyard and begin to see evidence of the hand of God at work, when our eyes are truly opened and God begins to answer our prayer that we ask to see his presence around us.