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The Center for Reconciliation fosters interracial reconciliation through programs that engage, educate and inspire. We envision a time when people of all races are reconciled to one another.

The Center for Reconciliation, currently in its initial start–up stage, will be a place where people can experience the work of reconciliation. We envision a teaching museum that explores the intersection of faith and the slave trade, performances, lectures and educational experiences where people can be transformed and learn how to become reconcilers.

The Center for Reconciliation will be based at the Cathedral of St. John, where one or more worshiping communities that embody reconciliation will bring the voice of the faithful to this work.

While the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is taking the lead in organizing the Center for Reconciliation, this project will be an effort that engages the city, state and even partners from around the nation. Several of our area colleges and universities are already finding multiple ways to join this effort as are a wide range of organizations.

Current Partners

All of this will take time. Building partnerships, raising funds and renovating the Cathedral will take years. Which means there is plenty of time for you and your organization to join this effort. There is much work to do – so let’s all begin the work of reconciliation together.

This is going to be an effort of many people. You can help make this dream a reality and make Rhode Island a place people turn to when they want and need reconciliation. To learn how you can connect with the Center for Reconciliation, email Elon Cook, program coordinator for the Center for Reconciliation at  

  • Share names of people and organizations you think would be interested in this vision.
  • Tell us about programs you’d like to see as part of the Center for Reconciliation
  • Help us identify donors, foundations and granting agencies who can help fund this
  • Contribute your gift or volunteer to help one of the Work Teams
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Consider making a gift to the Center for Reconciliation. Gifts can be made online or mailed to:

The Center for Reconciliation
c/o The Diocese of Rhode Island
275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

College Hill and the International Slave Trade walking tours »
Have you heard? The Center for Reconciliation is now offering walking tours of historic Providence, highlighting the City's connection to the domestic and international slave trade. If you are interested in scheduling a College Hill & the International Slave Trade walking tour for your congregation, family, friends let us know.

Meet Karen, Our new Development Director »
Karen was hired as the first development director for the Diocese and looks forward to raising awareness and funds for the Diocese’s many initiatives from the Episcopal Conference Center to the Center for Reconciliation as well as leading Episcopal Charities.

"The Cross and the Lynching Tree" a study guide »
This study guide includes evocative quotes from the book, conversations starting questions, suggested prayers, links to thought provoking songs and videos, engaging activities and a variety of resources to help participants continue to deepen their knowledge beyond the five book study sessions.

Weather update for Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change webcast »
The Diocese of Rhode Island in partnership with the Center for Reconciliation and Trinity Church Wall Street, will host live streaming broadcasts of TI2016 at various sites around the state.

Rhode Island Episcopal Church Confronts Slave Trading Past »
In one corner of the United States, the Episcopal Diocese is looking to stake its own territory in a push for change against the racial violence that has erupted across America.

Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role »
One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.”

Center for Reconciliation Featured in the NY Times »
In early February we pitched the Center for Reconciliation to the New York Times. After months of conversations and two visits from photographers, the story was published in Monday's (8/24/15) New York Times . The story looks at our history in slavery and the slave trade and discusses what we will be doing with the Center in response to our past. We are excited for this story to run and hope you a...

Response to the Shooting in Charleston Church »
Our hearts are breaking today as we take in the news of another mass shooting. Today’s crime, apparently motivated by racial hatred, has taken the lives of nine innocent victims while they were gathered in prayer and Bible study.





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