Alexander John travels internationally for keynote addresses, lecturing, and conducting workshops, retreats, and advanced trainings.
The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation
Kataphatic Meditation: Art-Making, Chant, Icons, Walking & Ritual Gestures
Lectio Divina – Meditation with Scripture
How to Develop Rites of Passage or Initiation
Small Community Formation & Deepening
Gateway to Oneness: Restoration of The Cosmic Easter
The Great 100 Days: Lent to Pentecost for Community Healing & Gifts
The Practice of Theosis Spirituality
The Eight Essential Practices of Quadratos
Walking The Camino as a Rite of Passage
Returning Home from Pilgrimage or Service
Presentation Topics offered by Alexander John
The Gospels as a Guide for the Spiritual Life. A Retreat or Education Series.
Alexander John 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?
Explore how the gospels help us address the complexities of contemporary life and are a map of our never-ending spiritual journey.
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.
Christian Antioch’s spiritual dilemma and its practical wisdom for today… Ideas for preaching Matthew week after week…
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 John will share everyday practices so that we might greet change with much more serenity.
Explore simple, ordinary practices to hold us when all around seems ash or trembling ground.
For Ministers/Preachers or Communities
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.
Understanding the Passions as they relate to spiritual dilemmas then and now… Exploring new ideas for preaching, study, and liturgical planning…