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Alexander travels internationally to give keynote addresses and lectures and to conduct workshops, retreats and advanced trainings.


Please email Donna who can answer all of your questions about establishing a speaking contract with Alexander and/or how to schedule personal or community consultations.

Quadratos Office
(404) 954-0404 (calling from outside the US, please add +1)

Donna lives in San Antonio, Texas and is on staff at Alamo Heights United Methodist church as a teacher and Liturgical Coordinator. She is a student in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology and the mother of two very active teenagers.

Topics include:

  • The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation
  • Small Community Formation and Deepening
  • Freedom & Safety
  • Holding the Tension of Opposites
  • Eight Essential Practices of Quadratos
  • Walking The Mystical Camino
  • Rites of Passage/Initiation
  • Gateway to Oneness: a contemporary restoration of Christianity’s cosmic Easter
  • Kataphatic Meditation (using art-making, chant, icons, walking and ritual)
  • Theosis Spirituality
  • Lectio Divina
  • Download more information on specific topics below.
  • “Dr. Shaia brought his immense scholarship and equally capacious heart completely in the service of opening The Four-Gospel Journey of transformation to the annual Clergy Retreat of the Diocese of California. I am so grateful for his gift to us, as I know the over 130 priests and deacons of the diocese who attended are.”Marc Andrus
    Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California

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by Alexander


Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation: Second Edition


Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey:

The Gospels as a Guide for the Spiritual Life. A Retreat or Education Series.

Alexander examines the four Christian gospels, the original communities for which they were written, and the ancient gospel reading sequence. By placing ourselves in conversation with these early communities, we explore common dilemmas including how they speak to the four great questions of the spiritual life - Matthew: How do we face change? Mark: How do we move through suffering? John: How do we receive joy? Luke: How do we mature in service? For further details about Alexander and his most recent book, download the flyer.

Explore how the gospels help us address the complexities of contemporary life and are a map of our never-ending spiritual journey.

Preaching Matthew's Gospel


Preaching Matthew's Gospel (Year A):

A Day for Preachers

As we return to Lectionary Year A and the Gospel of Matthew, we will explore issues and spiritual dilemmas of Matthew's historical community, a relationship between the three-year cycle, the four gospels, and the four great questions of the spiritual life, and progressive Matthean themes across Year A with special focus on Avent, Lent, and Sundays after Pentecost/Ordinary Time. For further description, download the flyer.

Christian Antioch's spiritual dilemma and its practical wisdom for today... Ideas for preaching Matthew week after week...

Moments of Change


Facing Moments of Change:

A Retreat or Education Series for Individuals and Groups

Addressing change is a critical need. Communities, congregations, and individual lives are demanding we face it with ever more rapidity. But how? With our return to Lectionary Year A (and the Gospel of Matthew), we have an opportunity to bring worship and daily life together. With Matthew as our guide, Alexander will share everyday practices so that we might greet change with much more serenity. For further description, download the flyer.

Explore simple, ordinary practices to hold us when all around seems ash or trembling ground.

Four Passions


The Four Passions:

For Clergy/Preachers or Congregations

This day-long or multi-day presentation can be built as an education series or more reflectively as a retreat. Based on group needs, it may include a study of all four Passions as narratives of our spiritual dilemmas today and practices to resolve them or an in-depth study of the two Passions of Year A: Matthew and John. For further description, download the flyer.

Understanding the Passions as they relate to spiritual dilemmas then and now... Exploring new ideas for preaching, study, and liturgical planning...