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Join Glide Memorial Church for Sunday Celebration

Glide Memorial Church Sanctuary doors are open for in-person/hybrid Sunday Celebration at 9:00 and 11:00am.

Join us in-person, at 330 Ellis Street, in San Francisco’s historic Tenderloin District. All attendees are required to show proof of vaccination along with ID, and honor all of our safety protocols, including indoor masking and social distancing.

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About Us

Glide Memorial Church is a spiritual community rooted in liberation and built on a radically inclusive faith tradition that welcomes all.

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Congregational Life

We are a radically inclusive community dedicated to fulfilling the spiritual needs of our congregation through acts of service and celebration.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Been coming to Celebration and want to find a way to give back on Sunday? If you’re interested in Volunteering or want to know what it means to volunteer here, just ask!

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Glide Memorial Church is committed to providing a caring, loving space where community can come together to move us further toward true social and racial justice. Please consider donating toward this important work today.

Our Minister

GLIDE's Minister of Celebration, Poet, Writer, Preacher, Public Theologian, Visual Artist and Arts Organizer

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is GLIDE's Minister of Celebration. He is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and the inaugural Public Theologian in Residence (2017–18) at First Church Berkeley. He is the author of four collections of poetry and is a public theologian and community-based artist. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, facilitator, activist, community organizer, preacher, homemaker, cake baker, and Facebook Statistician.

MARVIN K. WHITE



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Congregational Life Groups

Congregational Life Groups empower individuals and communities to share ideas and turn Glide Memorial Church’s message of love into positive action in the world

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Glide Ensemble

Gospel tradition meets rock, jazz and blues with our world renowned choir.

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Glide Pride Team

Glide's LGBTQ+ community (and all allies) come together to promote justice and equality.

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Different Together

Glide Memorial Church Community Healing Project confronting the epidemic of division in the U.S.

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Glide Yoga

Health and well-being taught by the Bay Area's best instructors. All ages and experience levels. Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. Currently on hiatus.

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Donate to Glide Memorial Church

Glide Memorial Church is committed to providing a caring, loving space where community can come together to move us further toward true social and racial justice. Please consider donating toward this important work today.

Bible Study

Join us for an inspirational time of fellowship and spiritual uplift. Mondays at 6:00 pm. Currently meeting on Zoom!

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Speak Out!

An open mic for telling truths through stories, songs, poetry and more. Thursdays at 5:00 pm in Freedom Hall. Currently meeting on Zoom!

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Keeping it Real

Open support group for issues of substance use, food, relationships and whatever troubles you. Sundays at 1:00 pm in Freedom Hall. Currently meeting on Zoom!

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Bridging the Gap

Support group for the LGBTQ community and allies to forge meaningful connections. Mondays at 5:00 pm in room 206. Currently on hiatus.

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Glide Kids

Sunday children’s program of storytelling and creativity. Sundays at 11:00 am. Bring children to the front of the Sanctuary at the start of Celebration to be escorted to the kids room. Currently on hiatus.

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Glide Children's Choir

Currently on hiatus.

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Our story

A beginning

San Francisco philanthropist Lizzie Glide purchases a parcel at Ellis and Taylor Streets and founds Glide Foundation, whose charitable mission includes establishing a church as “a house of worship for all people". Glide’s first congregation started with 70 members (a congregation transferred from the Fitzgerald Memorial Church on Bush Street when it closed) and grew to 860 within 5 years. By 1946 the church hosted a congregation of 1,700.

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A renewed commitment

In 1963, a young African American minister named Cecil Williams joins other progressive ministers at GLIDE determined to bring life into a dying congregation. Welcoming in the diverse community of hippies, prostitutes, chronic drug users, transgender youth, and other poor and the marginalized people of the Tenderloin, GLIDE offers refuge and support, becoming a home for political and cultural change as well as spiritual growth.

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For the People

As the Vietnam War continues to escalate, GLIDE becomes known as the counterculture rallying point in San Francisco. Everyone from Bill Graham to Angela Davis comes to GLIDE Celebrations to speak out and join in community. KMEL and K101 radio begin broadcasting GLIDE's Sunday message throughout the Bay Area, as the Bay Area increasingly looks to GLIDE for moral guidance, social solidarity and spiritual sustenance.

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Confronting new crises

Guided by Janice's leadership and Cecil's steady vision of supporting the disenfranchised, GLIDE programs increase in size and scope. The flagship Daily Free Meals Program kicks into overdrive, and begins feeding the hungry and homeless three times a day. The Generations program holds its first graduation ceremony in 1987. From protesting the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory's development of nuclear weapons to leading the Northern California Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Observance Committee, GLIDE walks the walk for peace, equality and justice while organizing to address the crack cocaine epidemic and the AIDS crisis, twin scourges on the health of the community.

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Building the beloved community

Not content to let those afflicted by crack find their way to GLIDE, Cecil takes the Facts on Crack movement into the housing projects. Meanwhile, GLIDE's fame continues to grow as the likes of President Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone and Oprah Winfrey come to Celebrations and commend GLIDE as a model of compassionate community in action.