Glide Memorial Church believes and practices a Christianity where all people and all beliefs are welcomed. Grounded in imperatives of liberation; unconditional love; self, systemic and world transformation Glide Memorial Church nurtures the spiritual needs of our congregation and community. Through acts of recovery, service, justice, connection, transformation and celebration we exist as a sacred spiritual community to many and to all. We live in a world where all who seek to express their connection to spirit and community, can do so in a thriving ecosystem of love.
The “work of our hands” is the spiritual driving force for Glide Memorial Church. By intentionally working together and with our partners, we actively work to dismantle all forms of structural racism and all forms of internalized and externalized oppression. This is our work and our calling as a radically inclusive, open and affirming, extravagantly welcoming, unconditionally loving church, called to the many forefronts and frontlines of social activism.
Glide Memorial Church serves as the Soul and Heart of San Francisco, continually challenging and guiding the city’s moral compass. We envision a city and a world that embodies the sacred of every person and affirms all dimensions of religion, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, culture, age, immigration status and physical and mental ability. Glide Memorial Church stands with all who seek spiritual, physical and mental health recovery — as we are a healing, faith, and justice ministry and movement.
Celebration. We sing with one another. We dance with one another. Celebration is a collective tool of liberation. As we come together in celebration, we encounter and are changed by one another.
Faith. We believe in God and all that is good and right and holy.
Prayer. We are a praying church. We pray together and separately. We solicit prayers and amplify prayers. Prayer in the hands and mouths of believers is always the appropriate response to the joys and concerns of liberation.
Storytelling. We believe that everyone has a sacred story. We believe coming into voice is essential to self-definitions of freedom. We create sanctuary and safe space for transparent, vulnerable and honest stories.
Welcome. We are radically inclusive. We welcome everyone. We value our differences. We respect everyone. We are an ever more welcoming home.
Love. We invite everyone to experience personal, communal, and transformative encounters with a God that is love.
Service. We are a healing community nurturing the spiritual needs of our congregation and community, transforming the world through organized acts of unconditional love.
Justice. We believe social activism is the church responding to suffering in the world. We believe challenging and bold witness dismantles structural inequity, and highlights the struggles of the marginalized.