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Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community who serve as stewards of an urban retreat center within the setting of an historic monastery. Our mission is to advance God's healing of Metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation and spiritual development. Richmond Hill has a vision for Metropolitan Richmond to establish God's order and peace for all our citizens by praying together, honoring diversity, welcoming dialogue, encouraging personal growth, promoting social responsibility, and seeking to overcome injustice rooted in race, gender, class or political jurisdiction.
Richmond Hill offers a variety of classes and retreats to revive and inform the spirituality and urban life of metropolitan Richmond. All classes and retreats provide an opportunity for learning across denominational, racial, economic, and jurisdictional lines. The School of Urban Spirituality is composed of three one- or two-year classes: the RUAH School of Spiritual Guidance; the SOZO School for Healing Prayer; and the School of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Richmond Hill also conducts a Centering Prayer ministry. Several centering prayer groups meet weekly. Classes in biblical studies, the mystics, writing as a spiritual discipline, and other areas of interest are offered each fall, winter and spring. Richmond Hill weekend retreats focus on various dimensions of spiritual expression and formation. Popular retreats include seasonal silent retreats, The Spiritual Journey of Van Gogh, Celtic Spirituality, and sessions on intercessory and healing prayer. An active program of Spiritual Direction serves about forty individuals monthly. Richmond Hill has 40 overnight accommodations for individual and group retreats. Meals are shared in the refectory with the residential community that makes Richmond Hill its home. All retreatants are encouraged to share the life of the community in prayer, meal service, and preparing rooms for guests. More than 2,000 individuals were overnight guests at Richmond Hill in 1999; over 18,000 meals were served. A community worship is held every Monday night and includes communion. Area ministers lead the services according to their traditions. Dinner follows the service.
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