Founded in 1987, Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community which serves as stewards of an urban retreat center within the setting of a historic monastery. Its mission is to seek God’s healing of Metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation and spiritual development.
Richmond Hill and Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change have been partners in the work of racial healing for nearly three decades. The formative conversations with diverse groups that led to the emergence of the Hope in the Cities as a program of Initiatives of Change took place at Richmond Hill in the early 1990s when Richmond Hill itself was just getting started.
Many of the planning meetings for the landmark 1993 Healing the Heart of America conference were held at Richmond Hill. It was Ben Campbell, the Richmond Hill founder, who first imagined a walk through Richmond’s history, which was the centerpiece of the conference and led to the establishment of the historic Slave Trial. "Walking through history" has become a core component of the work of Hope in the Cities.
While Richmond Hill is specific in its Christian mission and Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change involves people of many different beliefs, our core values are in alignment and we share a common vision of a just and reconciled community. We have found that Richmond Hill provides a welcoming space and an environment that fosters reflection and contemplation and where Hope in the Cities’ model of trustbuilding can be shared with people of all backgrounds.