Chapel of the Venerable Bede
Coral Gables FL

33146-2002

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Who we are

St. Bede Chapel, the Episcopal Church Center at the University of Miami, is a place where progressive Christianity and traditional worship meet. An outreach of The Episcopal Church, we are here to serve any and all students, regardless of your particular religious tradition (or lack thereof). The word "Episcopal" describes what we have to offer; it in no way is intended to limit whom we serve.

About Our Worship

"Eucharist" is a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving." The celebration of the Eucharist is our weekly act of giving thanks to God for our creation, for our lives, for the gift of revelation, and for God's love for us as expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus instituted the Eucharist at his Last Supper with his disciples the night of his arrest. The Last Supper was a Passover Seder. At one point during the dinner, Jesus took the unleavened matzah and said, "This is my body, given for you." He did the same to one of the ritual cups of wine (the fourth?), saying, "This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Drink this, all of you. Do this in memory of me." Jesus asked us to "do this in [his] memory," so we do. From the very founding of Christianity, the celebration of the Eucharist has been the primary worship of the Church.

Our worship is very biblically based. In common with Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and others, we follow a three-year cycle of readings. The usual pattern is as follows: 1. an Old Testament reading; 2. a Psalm or Psalm portion; 3. a New Testament reading (usually from one of the Letters, of Paul or of someone else); 4. a reading from the Gospels (which of course are also from the New Testament). In the three-year cycle, The Gospel according to Matthew is read in Year A, Mark in Year B, and Luke in Year C. The Fourth Gospel, that according to John, does not have a year assigned to it, but John appears at different times in all three years.

The Scripture readings are followed by a sermon. Then we recite an affirmation of faith, usually the Nicene Creed, though at our Sunday night student service we use a modern re-working of that creed that was developed by the Church in New Zealand. After the Creed comes the Prayers of the Faithful, a general Confession of Sin, the Passing of the Peace, and then the Eucharistic Prayer in which the bread and wine are consecrated. Once we've shared communion there's not much more left: a final prayer and a final hymn, then a dismissal to go out into the world to love and serve the Lord.




Church Address

Chapel of the Venerable Bede
1150 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-2002
United States
Phone: 305-284-2333
Fax: 305-284-2727
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Church Pastor

Fr. Frank Corbishley
Fr. Frank Corbishley
Chaplain
1150 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-2002
United States
Phone: 305-284-2333
Fax: 305-284-2727
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Quote of the Day
Isaiah 64:8

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

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Fr. Frank has been the Episcopal Chaplain at UM since 1994. A native of Syracuse, New York, he attended college at Georgetown University (B.S. in Foreign Service) and graduate school at Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management (Master of International Management). After working in the 1980's in international banking, mostly with Barclays Bank PLC, he attended the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, where he earned a Master of Divinity in 1990. He is married to Miami attorney Deborah Sampieri Corbishley. They have two young adult daughters and one college-aged son.

For several years Fr. Frank has been an Ibis Ally. In 2021 he was also trained as an Ibis Mentor. While society in general has made great progress regarding LGBTQ issues, it pains Fr. Frank that so much of the persistent bigotry against the LGBTQ community comes from various parts of Christianity. This is one reason why outreach to the LGBTQ community on campus has been a particularl concern of his. This is not just a personal view: The Episcopal Church on the whole backs him up in this concern.

Fr. Frank is also very much interested in the rights of workers, immigrants, racial minorities, religious minorities, and social justice in general. He regards all of these as being Gospel mandates.   Edit
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We are located on the campus of the University of Miami. Our street address is 1150 Stanford Drive. However, Stanford Drive does not appear on most city maps but only on campus maps. If you are using a city or county map, look for the University of Miami.

Our location is right by the main entrance to the campus, and we are just off U.S. 1 (South Dixie Highway).   Edit


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Chapel of the Venerable Bede Service Times

Regular Schedule

Sunday

Communion Service (year-round)
– 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Communion Service (year-round)
– 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
College Student Service (during UM's fall & spring terms)
– 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Student Supper (during UM's fall & spring terms)
– 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tuesday

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– 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Wednesday

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– 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Healing Service with Communion
– 12:10 PM to 12:50 PM

Thursday

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– 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Friday

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– 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Summer Schedule

Our Sunday evening student Eucharists and student suppers have been suspended for the summer. These will resume in late August, with the return of students to UM. Our Sunday morning services at 8:00 and 10:00 continue uninterrupted.

Chapel of the Venerable Bede service times last updated on the 3rd of August, 2022
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History of Chapel of the Venerable Bede, Coral Gables FL

The Episcopal Church Center has been a part of the University of Miami since 1953. Our current chapel was constructed from 1958-1960 and was designed by Marion Manley, the first woman architect in the State of Florida. The UM/Canterbury Preschool, located on our site, serves the children of UM faculty, employees, and students.

As an Episcopal Chapel, the center of our worship life is the celebration of the Eucharist (communion). The flow of our service is very similar to what one would find in a Roman Catholic or a Lutheran Church. The mission of the Chapel is to serve the University of Miami community. A small local congregation also worships at the Chapel. Typically, our local folks worship here on Sunday mornings (8AM & 10AM) and students worship here on Sunday nights (6PM). However, students are welcome whenever they wish to come.

The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our roots are in The Church of England. While our history is complex, a good summary of where we fit within wider Christianity would be to say that our expression of Christianity is Catholic, Protestant, and Celtic. Christianity came to Great Britain very early, perhaps as early as the Second Century AD. As the Roman Empire faced mounting threats from many quarters, they found that their armies were too thinly spread out. Abandoning Great Britain happened early in the process of retrenchment of Roman forces. Christianity in Britain and Ireland developed largely independently of Christianity on the Continent. In 597, when Pope Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine to Christianize the Britons, Augustine was surprised to find that there were already Christians there. Beginning with Augustine's tenure as the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a sometimes tense amalgamation of Roman and indigenous Celtic Christian traditions took place over several centuries. For example, Celtic priests were married, sometimes women were in charge of mixed monasteries of men and women, etc. In time Roman ways prevailed, but since the Sixteenth Century Reformation the Church in England was free once again to find its own way. We've had married priests since the 1540's, and we've had women priests since the 1970's. Anglicans have been worshiping in English since the 1540's. Scripture, Tradition, and Reason are the three pillars that uphold our faith.

Our goal is to promote the Gospel (literally "Good News") in all its breadth. However, because so much of the continued bigotry toward the LGBTQ community comes from the wider Church (meaning across many denominations), we feel a particular calling to serve the LGBTQ community on our campus. For about 40 years the Episcopal Church wrestled with how to assimilate LGBTQ members into the life of our Church, and we have come to a place where we ordain LGBTQ priests and bishops and, more recently, where we can offer sacramental marriage for same sex couples. We did not arrive at where we are easily. We have lost members over this issue, but we've gained some as well. We believe that this stance is God's will, that it is a Gospel imperative, and it is a theological position, not a case of being politically correct. It is worth noting that The Episcopal Church is not the only denomination to have come to this conclusion. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The United Church of Christ (Congregationalists), and others now hold similar stances. While the Episcopal Church is not alone in embracing the LGBTQ community, this is something that sets us apart from perhaps the majority of American Christianity.

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