GLIDE Memorial Church

GLIDE Memorial Church believes in a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.

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About GLIDE Memorial Church

We pride ourselves in continually striving to meet the challenge set by Lizzie Glide in 1930 to be “A house of prayer for all people.” The Glide Foundation and Glide Memorial United Methodist Church were established by Lizzie GLIDE in honor of her late husband, Joseph, as well as a means to share her spirituality and commitment to those in need.


The Church and Foundation both experienced a renaissance in the 1960s with the arrival of the Rev. Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and a community responding to the changing times and a growing need for new opportunities. This transformative period continues to live on in GLIDE to this day.


For over 80 years, GLIDE has been a spiritual home and refuge for people from many diverse backgrounds and spiritual traditions, as well as a provider of services to the people of the Tenderloin and San Francisco. We invite you to discover how you can get involved and draw strength from the ever-changing, ever-growing GLIDE community!


In addition to two Sunday Celebrations, GLIDE Memorial Church offers a wide array of programs, including small groups and Bible studies, meditation and yoga, recovery circles, the GLIDE Pride Team, groups for lesbian, trans, gay, bi and queer individuals, teams devoted to social justice and racial justice and more. Whether your call is to sing in the GLIDE Ensemble, serve internationally with our Ray of Hope trip to Kenya, or walk the stories of the Bible in the Holy Land there is a place for you here at GLIDE. If you have an idea for a group you think would be a good fit here at GLIDE, let us know!


There are also many different opportunities throughout the year to volunteer with the GLIDE Foundation. From serving meals with a small group of other congregants to joining hundreds of other volunteers to hand out toys at Christmas, from providing HIV counseling to tutoring a child after school, there are ways to get involved and make a change in our community.


Your journey with GLIDE is just beginning. To find out more about what is happening in our congregation, read your bi-weekly e-newsletter Congregation Connect, which comes out every other Friday, call the Congregational Life Office at 415-674-6090, or email


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 This Week at GLIDE 


Young Adults at GLIDE

Interested in connecting with other young adults at GLIDE or joining a group in fun events? Speak with someone in the Congregational Life office to leave your name and contact information. 



Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am | GEDC - 125 Mason

Did you know GLIDE offers free yoga? Our twice a week classes move at an easy pace, which is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Classes take place at the GLIDE Economic Development Corp at 125 Mason (just a block from GLIDE Church).


The People's Bible Study
with Rev. Harry Williams

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm | Room 201

 The People's Bible Study, led by Rev. Harry Louis Williams II, meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Maya Angelou Living Room.  At the People's Bible Study, we discover ways that the scriptures still speak to us in a world where refugees are demonized, children are pushed out of classrooms and into the prison system, and women and girls are forced into sexual slavery.  Out of the People's Bible Study have come two successful projects: the sock collection drive for our homeless neighbors organized by Anne Morrison and a Sara Paredes' collection of gifts for the babies of mothers who are incarcerated at the private prison blocks away from Glide. Come join our tight-knit group where we always keep it real.



Weekly Support and Discussion Groups

Bridging the Gap is for LGBTQ folks & allies. It meets in room 206, on Tuesdays, at 5:00 pm

Keeping It Real
is offered on Sundays in Freedom Hall after the 11:00 am Celebration.
GLIDE Recovery Circles meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Angela Coleman in the GLIDE 5th floor Wellness Center. This is a free group drop-in weekday recovery circle for anyone in need of recovery.



1:00PM in Room 416


"We're all stuck here for a while, so let's try to work it out."

-Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind


Join Glide's Bridging the Divide for a one hour workshop to discuss how we may be better healers of division in our nation, neighborhoods and perhaps even families. The workshop is based on the book The Righteous Mind; Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Everyone is welcome. 


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Also, in cased you missed it, here's the audio from our KQED interview:





 Glide Kids is an opportunity for children of the community to play together and tell stories and make art. GLIDE Kids takes place during the 11:00 AM Celebration. Bring your little ones!



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