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

To learn more, go to the CFR website:

The Center for Reconciliation is a place where people can experience and participate in the work of reconciliation. The CFR hosts performances, lectures and educational experiences where people can be transformed and learn how to become reconcilers. We are developing exhibits that explore the intersection of faith and the slave trade in Rhode Island and New England.

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.

You can help!

  • 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 program teams

To send us suggestions, to volunteer, to help or to sign up to receive updates about this project sign up for the Center’s E-Newsletter.

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

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Bishop Knisely’s Convention Address 2016

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College Hill and the International Slave Trade walking tours

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Weather update for Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change webcast

After much thought and consideration, we have decided to cancel the viewing of Trinity Institute live webcast for January 23 at Christ Church in Westerly, St. Luke’s in East Greenwich, St. Peter and Andrew in Providence, and St. John’s in Barrington. Weather reports are calling snow, strong winds and icy conditions. We do not want […]

Rhode Island Episcopal Church Confronts Slave Trading Past

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Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

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Center for Reconciliation Featured in the NY Times

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Response to the Shooting in Charleston Church

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