Upcoming Celebrations

Join us in community for a rousing, moving morning of music, song and uplift for the soul

Rabbi Michael Lezak

Oct 28, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Michael Lezak is the staff rabbi at GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice and an activist working in the areas of prison reform as well as human rights in the United States, Israel and elsewhere.

Rev Harry Williams

Nov 4, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Reverend Harry Louis Williams, II is a minister and social activist hailing from Oakland, CA. He is the author or co-author of eight books, ranging in genre from Black History to Urban Fiction.

Alicia Garza

Nov 11, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker, freedom dreamer, and one of the Co-founders of the Black Lives Matters Movement.

Rev Marvin K White

Nov 18, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Marvin is the inaugural “First Church Berkeley Public Theologian in Residence” and a facilitator at the “Faith Leaders Round Table” at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Rev Marvin K White

Nov 22, 10:00 am only

Marvin is the inaugural “First Church Berkeley Public Theologian in Residence” and a facilitator at the “Faith Leaders Round Table” at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Rev Marvin K White

Nov 25, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Marvin is the inaugural “First Church Berkeley Public Theologian in Residence” and a facilitator at the “Faith Leaders Round Table” at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Rev Harry Williams

Dec 2, 9:00 & 11:00 am (World AIDS Day)

Reverend Harry Louis Williams, II is a minister and social activist hailing from Oakland, CA. He is the author or co-author of eight books, ranging in genre from Black History to Urban Fiction.

Del Seymour

Dec 9, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Del Seymour has been a member of the Tenderloin community for the past 30 years and is often referred to as the Mayor of the Tenderloin.

Rev Marvin K White

Dec 16, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Marvin is the inaugural “First Church Berkeley Public Theologian in Residence” and a facilitator at the “Faith Leaders Round Table” at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Christmas Day

Dec 25, 9:00 & 11:00 am

We have services in a variety of times and styles so you are sure to find a place that feels like home.

Rev Harry Williams

Jan 6, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Reverend Harry Louis Williams, II is a minister and social activist hailing from Oakland, CA. He is the author or co-author of eight books, ranging in genre from Black History to Urban Fiction.

About Us

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

Congregational Life

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE with GLOBAL OUTREACH empowers individuals and communities to share ideas and turn GLIDE's message of love into positive action in the world. Group meeting times vary, and are open to all who wish to attend.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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Celebrate Online

Never miss a Celebration at GLIDE! You can watch or listen to Celebration online, at any time!

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Your generosity helps maintain our sanctuary and keep our congregational life programs thriving.

Guest Speakers

O.G. Rev, Social Activist, Author, and Urban Minister

Reverend Harry Louis Williams, II was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Kean University, Union, NJ. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, now Palmer Theological Seminary, St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He is the author of six books. In 2015, he was awarded a proclamation from the City of Oakland for his work in quelling street-level conflict. Harry first began serving the Tenderloin community in 2005 through the GLIDE Health Clinic. Since then he has served here in many roles. For the past eight years, Harry has lead the People's Bible Study at GLIDE, which meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

REV. HARRY WILLIAMS

Poet, Writer, Preacher, Public Theologian, Visual Artist, and Arts Organizer

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is a former GLIDE Pastor Intern. 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. Currently, Marvin is the Artivist-In-Residence at The Oakland Peace Center. 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.

MARTIN K. WHITE

GLIDE’s Social Justice Rabbi, Speaker, Leader, Writer, Challah Baker, Husband, and Dad

Michael Lezak is the Rabbi in GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice, where he aims to magnify the impact of GLIDE’s justice machinery and forge covenantal bonds between GLIDE and the broader Jewish community. Rabbi Lezak is board co-chair of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. He is married to Rabbi Noa Kushner and is the proud father of three daughters.

Michael Lezak

GLIDE Ensemble

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

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GLIDE Pride

Our LGBTQ community (and all allies) come together to promote justice and equality.

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Bible Study

Reflections on life, faith, community and justice from the scripture. Tuesdays at 6pm in room 206.

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Speak Out

An open mic for telling truths through stories, songs, poetry and more. Wednesdays at 5pm in Freedom Hall.

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Keeping it Real

Open support group for issues of substance use, food, relationships and whatever troubles you. Sundays at 1pm in Freedom Hall.

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Bridging the Gap

Support group for the LGBTQ community and allies to forge meaningful connections. Tuesdays at 5pm in room 201.

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Yoga

Health and well-being taught by the Bay’s best instructors. All ages and experience levels. Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm; Saturdays at 10:30am.

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GLIDE Kids

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

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GLIDE Children's Choir

We are very excited to welcome back this wonderful program.

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