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A Quiet Garden

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Imagine hosting a party in which your role is to be completely still.

This article appeared in our April 2004 issue. Like many brilliant ideas, the Quiet Garden is a simple one: Make your home the host, and your garden a place of prayer and contemplation. It is an idea that has revolutionized the concept of Christian worship and sparked a movement that now spans the globe. From Topeka, Kansas, to Nairobi, Kenya, people are offering their living rooms and backyards as "Quiet Gardens," mini-retreats open on certain days of the week or month for people in need of spiritual renewal and divine connection. The Quiet Garden Trust is the brainchild of the Rev. Philip Roderick, a Welshman who grew up steeped in a Celtic tradition where the spiritual and the sacred are celebrated not only in churches and chapels but also in places of earthly power and beauty: in woodlands and groves, on sea shores and wind-swept cliffs. He is someone who hears the pearly song of the seas, finds direction in the wind running through the leaves, listens when the trees speak. To him, they are signs from God, signs of God. The idea to create a worldwide network of "gardens in the heart" came to Rode …

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