Glide Memorial Church is a spiritual community rooted in liberation and built on a radically inclusive faith tradition that welcomes all.Contact Us
We are a radically inclusive community dedicated to fulfilling the spiritual needs of our congregation through acts of service and celebration.Contact Us
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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 worldLearn More
Gospel tradition meets rock, jazz and blues with our world renowned choir.Learn More
Glide Pride Team
Glide's LGBTQ+ community (and all allies) come together to promote justice and equality.Learn More
Glide Memorial Church Community Healing Project confronting the epidemic of division in the U.S.Learn More
Join us for an inspirational time of fellowship and spiritual uplift. Mondays at 6:00 pm. Currently meeting on Zoom!Learn More
An open mic for telling truths through stories, songs, poetry and more. Thursdays at 5:00 pm in Freedom Hall. Currently meeting on Zoom!Learn More
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!Learn More
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.Contact Us
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.Contact Us
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.