Finding a Healthy Religious Community

Finding a Healthy Religious Community

What is a healthy religious community?

What is a healthy religious community?

How do I find a healthy religious community?

How do I find a healthy religious community?

What will a healthy religious community do for me?

What will a healthy religious community do for me?

Why make the effort to be somewhere on a Sunday?

Why make the effort to be somewhere on a Sunday?

Is there any tangible "this-world" benefits to religious involvement?

Is there any tangible "this-world" benefits to religious involvement?

Why should I get involved in a religious community?

Why should I get involved in a religious community?

How does a religious community help my anxieties & fears?

How does a religious community help my anxieties & fears?

How does a religious community help my anxieties & fears?

How does a religious community help my anxieties & fears?

Why should I get involved in a religious community?

Why should I get involved in a religious community?

Is there any tangible "this-world" benefits to religious involvement?

Is there any tangible "this-world" benefits to religious involvement?

Why make the effort to be somewhere on a Sunday?

Why make the effort to be somewhere on a Sunday?

What will a healthy religious community do for me?

What will a healthy religious community do for me?

How do I find a healthy religious community?

How do I find a healthy religious community?

What is a healthy religious community?

What is a healthy religious community?

Finding a Healthy Religious Community

Finding a Healthy Religious Community

How do I deal with spiritual dry spells and religious doubts?

How do I deal with spiritual dry spells and religious doubts?

What are the distinctions between spirituality and religion?

What are the distinctions between spirituality and religion?

How do I make meaningful ritual a part of my life?

How do I make meaningful ritual a part of my life?

Are rituals important?

Are rituals important?

What are rituals?

What are rituals?

How do I achieve balance in my life?

How do I achieve balance in my life?

How do we get trained to see God's presence?

How do we get trained to see God's presence?

Finding God in Daily Life

Finding God in Daily Life

Why should I pray?

Why should I pray?

What about other kinds of prayer?

What about other kinds of prayer?

When we pray for others, does God expect anything more?

When we pray for others, does God expect anything more?

What about praying for other people?

What about praying for other people?

Will God answer every prayer?

Will God answer every prayer?

Can you talk to God about your own stuff?

Can you talk to God about your own stuff?

Where should you pray?

Where should you pray?

How often should you pray?

How often should you pray?

Do you have to pray with others, or can you pray alone?

Do you have to pray with others, or can you pray alone?

What is faith?  Do you need it to pray?

What is faith? Do you need it to pray?

Do you have to pray aloud, or can it be in silence?

Do you have to pray aloud, or can it be in silence?

How do you pray?

How do you pray?

Can we live a full life if we are suffering?

Can we live a full life if we are suffering?

How does seeing God in others give us a fuller life?

How does seeing God in others give us a fuller life?

How does worship help us live a fuller life?

How does worship help us live a fuller life?

What are some examples of living life more fully?

What are some examples of living life more fully?

How do I begin to live life more fully?

How do I begin to live life more fully?

Is there a deeper, spiritual aspect to life?

Is there a deeper, spiritual aspect to life?

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Why should I read the Bible?

Why should I read the Bible?

Should the Bible be read literally or figuratively?

Should the Bible be read literally or figuratively?

How is the Bible read?

How is the Bible read?

What should I read after the Gospels?

What should I read after the Gospels?

In what order should I read the Bible?

In what order should I read the Bible?

How do I know God's will for my life?

How do I know God's will for my life?

Is my life predetermined?

Is my life predetermined?

Does God dictate my every decision?

Does God dictate my every decision?

How do I live out God's purpose for me?

How do I live out God's purpose for me?

Does God have a specific intention for each person?

Does God have a specific intention for each person?

How do I begin listening to God?

How do I begin listening to God?

How do I listen to God?

How do I listen to God?

How does God speak to me?

How does God speak to me?

Does God speak to me?

Does God speak to me?

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Rock Schuler

www.stjohnsolney.org  

Rock Schuler was most recently 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 will a healthy religious community do for me?

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Speaker: What will a healthy religious community do for me?

Rock Schuler: A healthy religious community; being a part of a religious community gives us a sense of fellowship. We understand that there are other people on the spiritual journey. It is incredibly difficult to take the spiritual journey. It is almost impossible to have a fuller, richer sense of the spirit in life without sharing that journey with other people.

So, at the most basic level, a healthy religious community helps us draw strength from others who are like wise on the spiritual journey with us. We all know that it is easier to travel when there are two or more traveling together. So, a spiritual journey offers that companionship. They are going to give us some ways that help us on the spiritual journey, as well. They are going to nurture spirituality in our family. They are going to teach us, how to share our spirituality with children. Spiritual communities offer us the whole history of the experience of human beings in dealing with the spiritual; how do we pass on the faith to our children? How do we integrate spirituality into our daily home? How do we pray over meals? How do we find the presence of God at work?

Spiritual communities have at least the experience of previous generations as they have try to answer those questions. So, they bring us companionship, they bring us guidance and wisdom. They bring us strength for the journey.