Welcome to Quadratos

Cross
Worship Space
Sand Candle
Hebrew Text

Alexander John Shaia

Alexander Recounts...

"It was around 11 p.m., November 1, 2000. For some thirty years, I had puzzled a deeper truth in Early Christianity's choice of precisely four gospel texts and their sequencing into a Three-Year Sunday Reading Cycle. What lay behind those choices? Were they the result of a believed oral tradition? - winners in a protracted theological tussle? or were the four clearly inspired?

On that cold, clear, starry night in Northern New Mexico, I was up late reading Robin Griffith-Jones' The Four Witnesses.

Suddenly, an answer arrived to my long held queries - an answer that satisfied both my critical mind and longing heart. I reached for a legal pad and furiously wrote in a first attempt to describe the contour of this new landscape.

What followed has been years of research, questioning, challenging the premise, traveling thousands of miles, addressing hundreds of communities, leading seminars with clergy and spiritual leaders and writing, writing, refining and rewriting. Today that insight is called by a formal name - Quadratos. And the most complete exposition to date is found in my book Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation/Second Edition (2017).

On a clear cold starry night, an answer arrived that seems to hold great significance. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is a door to a new paradigm within Christianity, and a fresh dialogue with world spirituality, psychology, the arts and even science."

Alexander J. Shaia

“Normally quiet and contemplative, Alexander has become an inspiring man on a mission.”

Download Alexander’s Speaker Kit


Invite to Speak

Glasses

Alexander travels internationally for keynote addresses, lecturing, and conducting workshops, retreats, and advanced trainings.

Topics include:

  • The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation
  • Kataphatic Meditation (using art-making, chant, icons, walking and ritual)
  • Lectio Divina
  • Rites of Passage/Initiation
  • Small Community Formation and Deepening
  • Gateway to Oneness: a contemporary restoration of Christianity’s cosmic Easter
  • Theosis Spirituality
  • The Eight Essential Practices of Quadratos
  • Walking The Mystical Camino

For more information and invitations, please contact:

Quadratos Office
info@quadratos.com
(404) 954-0404 (calling from outside the US, please add +1)




Presentation Topics offered by Alexander

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

Download

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

Download

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

Download

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

Download

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...

Life and Education

The Journey of Quadratos

Life and Education


Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexander grew up as part of a large extended family that had emigrated from Lebanon a generation previously. He grew up with the ancient traditions of Maronite Catholicism and was expected to become a priest, a family tradition since the year 1300. Alexander was led otherwise.

He attended the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Next came a Master's in Counseling Education, a Master's in Religious Education, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His training includes time in Switzerland with Jungian analyst, and founder of Sandplay Psychotherapy, Dora M. Kalff. Returning to the United States, years of retreat ministry, private practice, teaching, leading trainings and study continued to build on a life-long practice of prayer.

Beginning in 2001, Alexander's professional life changed from being solely a speaker to also becoming an author. From his primary work as a psychologist, spiritual director, and liturgist, he has moved to being a widely sought teacher, trainer, and inspiring keynote speaker.

The (Re)Discovery

For thirty years, I had puzzled a deeper truth in Early Christianity's choice of precisely four gospel texts and their sequencing into a Three-Year Sunday Reading Cycle...

  • What lay behind those choices?
  • Were they the result of a believed oral tradition? - winners in a protracted theological tussle?
  • Or were the four clearly inspired?

On a cold, clear, starry night in Northern New Mexico in November, 2000, an answer arrived that satisfied both my critical mind and longing heart.

I reached for a legal pad and furiously wrote in a first attempt to describe the contour of this new landscape. The journey is universal, sequential, and cyclical. It is recognized by every major religious faith and school of psychology and forms the very heart of Christian belief and practice. I have named this journey, "Quadratos."

At its most universal, the pattern of Quadratos is found in our experience of the four seasons and their cycle.

Within Christianity, Quadratos provides a deeper understanding of Jesus the Christ and a new foundation for affirming early Christianity's choice of four gospels and the ancient - now restored - gospel reading sequence for Sunday worship.

The four progressive paths of Quadratos correspond to the four gospels and the four great questions of the spiritual life. Each gospel's question and practice is revealed within a particular landscape and its human experience.

First Path: How do we face change?
Climbing the Great Mountain of Matthew

Second Path: How do we move through suffering?
Crossing Mark's Stormy Sea

Third Path: How do we receive joy?
Resting in John's Glorious Garden

Fourth Path: How do we mature in service?
Walking Luke's Road of Riches


TOP