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Black History Month Events At Glide Memorial Church

February Celebrations: You can join all of our Sunday Celebration events online or in person at 9 and 11 am Pacific.  Our services stream on Facebook Live and  YouTube

Rhonda Benin​​

  • Sunday, February 4th is Speak Out Sunday. Minister Marvin K White will be preaching and Rhonda Benin will be our Guest Singer. We will be celebrating National Freedom Day (commemorating the 1865 signing of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery) and the birthday of Janice Mirikitani. You are join us for communion in Freedom Hall after both celebrations.

Ramona Laughing Brook Webb

  • Sunday, February 11th is Sing Along Sunday. Our new Theopoetic Artist in Residence, Ramona Laughing Brook Webb, will share a poem and we will celebrate Fredrick Douglass’ birthday and Mardi Gras.

Rev. Dr. Clyde Oden Jr

  • Sunday, February 18th is Justice Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Clyde Oden Jr., will be our Guest Preacher.  After the service you can help us distribute blankets and hygiene kits to our neighbors, engage in justice advocacy and register to vote.

  • Sunday, February 25th is Writers Church and Children’s Sunday. Eric McDonnell will be our Guest Preacher.  Youth, directed by Classy Marin, will have a step show.

Sunday, February 11th Black History in the Tenderloin Walking Tour after the 11 am Celebration (departing about 12:30 pm). Come experience the Tenderloin community through this collaboration between Glide Memorial Church and the Tenderloin Walking Tour from a local person’s perspective. We are providing a space to allow people to see the history, the people, and the neighborhood in a new and different light; This is where the love happens daily! This is the Church of the Tenderloin and the community is vibrant, full of life, and a safe haven for many of our residents. Take this opportunity to come see the love, arts, business, social programs, and support that exists in this diverse district. People successfully raise their children and family’s here. There is nothing like knowing for yourself and having a personal connection and experience with Glide Memorial Church and the Tenderloin Walking Tours! See the Tenderloin through our local eyes. RSVP for this free event here. 


Sunday, February 18th, 12:30-3 pm Community Care Network Celebration.  We will be celebrating everyone who completed trainings through our Community Care Alliance, a collaboration with the MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care (UCSF/Mt Zion) and the Alameda County Care Alliance (AC Care Alliance).  The event in Freedom Hall will include food, reflection and evaluation of the trainings.  Please join us for this important gathering.


Sunday, February 25th, 1 pm Soul of Justice Movie Screening about the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson.  At this important event you will be able to hear from Thelton and view the 57 minute film.  Thelton graduated from Berkeley Law in 1962—where he was one of just 2 black students in his class—and was the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In the Deep South, he protected voter rights alongside everyday citizens and visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench, where he has championed transformative justice for nearly four decades.  Thelton is also the godfather of our very own Zoe Ellis.

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