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: How do you pray?
Rock Schuler: That is a great question and one that was posed to Jesus on more than one occasion. Praying actually is just simple conversation. Just as we are talking right now, so we talk to God. We call this kind of conversational prayer simple prayer, not because it is less than other forms of prayer but because it is foundational to all types of prayer. And so we just have a simple conversation with God, we talk to God as we would talk to a friend or a relative, a trusted loved one. We share with God our thoughts, our dreams, our hopes, our frustrations, our fears, our anxieties, our angers, our worries, whatever is on our mind, we simply talk with God. Simple prayer, conversational prayer is the way God becomes our truest friend.