Mission Trip or Pilgrimage to Rhode Island

"...a large number of historic and unique communities of faith..."
VOYAGE TYPE
  • Historical Site
  • Mission Opportunity

As one of the thirteen original colonies of the United States, Rhode Island is rooted in the challenges, conflicts, and triumphs of the nation. While it is the smallest state in the union, it still boasts a dense and diverse population. Rhode Island was founded by outcasts from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who were seeking a place to live out real religious freedom; this is reflected by a large number of historic and unique communities of faith. More recent history has cast light on the region’s role in the trading of enslaved people and the efforts to move toward reconciliation. Beautiful coastal communities and Gilded Age mansions make the region a feast for the eyes as well.

A Wonder Voyage to Rhode Island immerses you into the political and religious stories of the earliest years of our nation. You will dig into the thoughts on freedom and justice. Opportunities for mission abound. Whether serving those in need or helping to preserve the environment, your volunteer efforts in Rhode Island will be welcomed. To round out your week of wonder, you will visit the abundant natural seaside.

Overview


  • Pray in churches historically rooted in religious and political tolerance.
  • Walk the labyrinth on tranquil Block Island.
  • Visit the Center for Reconciliation.
  • Hike, explore, and enjoy the beaches on a serene island.
  • Take in the jaw-dropping beauty of the Gilded Age mansions.
  • Address issues of food insecurity by serving with a local gleaning organization.

Itinerary

Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.


  • Day 1- Informed by the Past
    Welcome to Rhode Island! As one of the original thirteen colonies, this tiny state has deep roots in our nation’s history —the challenges, conflicts, and controversies. While small in size, Rhode Island is densely populated and culturally diverse. As your journey begins, set your hearts and minds on building community as we dive into history and hear the stories of freedom and justice.
  • Day 2 – Thoughts of Freedom and Equality
    One of Rhode Island’s most notable features is its fabulous coastline. Since the late 17th century, the region has had laws that ensure free access to the shoreline for everyone. This morning, a hike along the cliffs above Newport Harbor will take your breath away. In the afternoon, the focus shifts to the region’s role in the slave trade and the recent efforts to move toward reconciliation. It is a day to focus on what it means to have freedom and equality.
  • Day 3 – Historic Adventure
    Let’s put on an explorer’s mindset as we delve into local history. Our first stop is the state capital, Providence. Founded in the early 1600s by religious exiles from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the city is named for the providence of God in providing a haven. We will explore the city through the lens of African American history. A visit to a lighthouse in the afternoon will help you to remember the light of Christ that always leads you safely home.
  • Day 4 – When I Was Hungry
    While Rhode Island ranks 15th in the US for median household income, that statistic only tells part of the story. About 16% of the children and 30% of single-parent households in the state live below the poverty line. Food insecurity is present even amid affluence, and this is a different type of oppression. Today, we focus on serving organizations dedicated to bridging the gap for hungry families.
  • Day 5 – Adventure and Reflection
    Your final day in the Ocean State is filled with outdoor adventure, fun, and reflection. A ferry ride will take us to beautiful Block Island. Almost half of this tiny island is protected land, perfect for hiking, exploring, and swimming. At the close of this island adventure, there will be time to celebrate, reflect, and pray as your Rhode Island pilgrimage draws to a close.
  • Day 6 – Homeward Bound
    As you depart this lovely place, take the lessons of this pilgrimage with you. The challenges, the discoveries, the friendships, the service, and the beauty will all be a part of your story. We send you away with the reminder that a life of faith is a journey, not an event. As a new part of this journey begins, may you continue to seek wonder wherever you are.

Legacy Location

Wonder Voyage Legacy Fund

Legacy in Rhode Island

PRICE

Starting at
$725* per person
  • *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.

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