Houses of Worship


Cornerstones of Faith: First Presbyterian Church of Miami…before there was a City

By Leslie Rivera. In 1895, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. and two Presbyteries of the State of Florida sent the Reverend Henry Keigwin as Synod missionary to explore the possibility of organizing a church along Biscayne Bay.

The First Presbyterian Church of Miami, Inc. (FPC) was founded on April 1, 1896, and became the first formal congregation in Miami two months before Miami was incorporated as a city.

At the time, there were other Protest…

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Cornerstones of Faith: Crossbridge Church in Brickell is all about community

Crossbridge Church is a relative newcomer to the Brickell area and the spiritual landscape. Their tagline of “incarnating the Gospel in the city,” intrigued us. And their website made us want to learn more: “Our goal is to make Miami a great city….we believe that no particular church will accomplish this task. Only a movement will.” We asked Connection Pastor Sam Miranda to tell us about the focus of Crossbridge’s ministry. He has served in full-time ministry sinc…

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Cornerstones of Faith: The Shul of Brickell and Downtown

They’re a short walk from your condo or office. No membership is required, and there are no dues. A new Brickell spa or private dance club? No, it’s two houses of worship: The Shul of Downtown and The Shul of Brickell.

The Shul, (Yiddish word for synagogue), strives to be a welcoming place for strengthening Jewish identity and heritage and is open to all, Rabbi Chaim Lipskar, explained. With a location on Flagler Street in the heart of Downtown, aka the Central Busines…

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Cornerstones of Faith: St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, a Haven of Faith

Nestled in the midst of towering giants of steel and glass in downtown Miami sits St. Jude’s Melkite Catholic Church. Located on the corner of Brickell Avenue and SE 15th Road, this architectural jewel is the only Miami church built of Indiana Bedford stone, the same stone that adorns the exteriors of the Empire State Building and The Pentagon, and makes up much of Chicago.
The History
This striking landmark, first constructed in 1946, was originally the Academy of the As…

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Cornerstones of Faith: Beth David Congregation—Miami’s Pioneer Synagogue

Along canopy-lined Coral Way sits a striking architectural treasure featuring a large dome and six supporting columns. It’s the synagogue built in 1949 for the Beth David Congregation, Miami’s pioneer synagogue originally founded in 1912 and representing an important part of our neighborhood’s cultural and historical roots.

What’s behind the remarkable edifice is equally as impressive. Contained within are the 1,000 seat Falk sanctuary, a bimah (platform for Torah …

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Cornerstones of Faith: First Presbyterian Church of Miami

As the State of Florida was celebrating its Golden Anniversary in 1896, Miami was an infant city, becoming incorporated that same year with some 400 residents. Railways, hotels, stores and a restaurant were budding in the untamed landscape, and the city’s first organized religious group that would continue without interruption until today was meeting in a tent: the First Presbyterian Church of Miami.

First Presby…

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