Upcoming Celebrations

Join us in community for a rousing, moving morning of music, song and uplift for the soul every Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am.

Ernest Larkins II

July 21, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Ernest Larkins II is a Pacific School of Religion Change-Makers Fellow; executive director of The Messengers of Hope, a faith-based HIV/AIDS intervention project and gospel choir; and Youth and Young Adult Pastor for City of Refuge UCC. His hit gospel song, “Rejoice with Me!”, is the title track on Bobby Jones’ latest album.

Rev. Norman Fong

July 28, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Rev. Norman Fong, executive director of San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center, has been a pastor in Chinatown for nearly 40 years and is a nationally recognized leader in advocating for affordable housing and community empowerment. The Obama Administration named Rev. Fong a “White House Champion of Change” in 2013.

Marvin K. White, MDiv

August 4, 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. He is GLIDE’s Minister of Celebration.


1st Sunday of the month, after the 11:00 am Celebration

On the first Sunday of every month, GLIDE offers Communion in the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am Celebration.

Jean Jeffress, MDiv

August 11, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Jean Jeffress, MDiv serves as a lay leader at First Congregational Church of Oakland, a lay-led congregation since 2011. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from American Baptist Seminary of the West at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Jean is approved for ordination with the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church

Rev. Yolanda M. Norton

August 18, 9:00 & 11:00 am

Rev. Yolanda M. Norton is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and Theology and Practice Fellow at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on the books of Genesis and Ruth, and how each text treats foreign women, and considers the ways in which insider-outsider paradigms in Scripture influence constructions of identity and facilitate the

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

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GLIDE's Interim Minister of Compassionate Care, 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.


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.


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 Celebration Podcasts:

GLIDE Ensemble

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

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

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Bridging the Divide

GLIDE's Community Healing Project confronting the epidemic of division in the U.S.

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

Bible Study

Reflections on life, faith, community and justice from the scripture. Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in room 206.

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Speak Out

An open mic for telling truths through stories, songs, poetry and more. Wednesdays at 5:00 pm 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 1:00 pm in Freedom Hall.

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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.

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Health and well-being taught by the Bay’s best instructors. All ages and experience levels. Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:00 pm; Saturdays at 10:30 am.

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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.

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GLIDE Children's Choir

We are very excited to welcome back this wonderful program.

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