Who Is Your Neighbor?

GLIDE & Grace Community Thursdays

A free series of public workshops on alliance-building for social change


In an increasingly diverse, fractured and evolving city (and nation), bridging the gaps in experience and understanding between neighbors can seem impossible. We want to “do something.” We want stronger connections. We want to effect social change. But where and how to start?

To help us find answers, San Francisco “neighbors” GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice and social justice allies from Grace Cathedral are joining together for five innovative workshops that facilitate understanding and bridge-building. Conceived out of a shared desire to promote connection, the series seeks to uncover ways to build the beloved community together.

Sessions are free and open to all. Each evening will begin with an informal shared meal followed by moderated conversations with experts on addressing divisive systems, facilitated table discussions, music and more.

Participants may arrive as strangers, but will leave with new friendships, a shared sense of community and a better understanding of how to take action with resilience and hope.

Come to all of sessions if you can or drop in as your schedule permits!

Dates and Locations of Sessions:

  • January 30 at Grace Cathedral (1100 California Street, SF)
  • February 20 at GLIDE (330 Ellis Street, SF)
  • March 19 at Grace
  • April 23 at GLIDE
  • May 28 at Grace

Time of Sessions: Refreshments at 6:00 pm; program starts at 6:30 pm


Session 1: Who Is Your Neighbor?

When: Thursday, January 30th. Shared meal begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm

Location: Dining room. Grace Cathedral

Description: We are told to “love our neighbors,” but what does that mean? Who is my neighbor? Our opening session will get to the core of how to truly understand each other, and explore ways to build relationships with people who may have different lived experiences to our own.


Isoke Femi, Maven of Transformative Learning, Center for Social Justice, GLIDE

Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King, Vice Dean and Canon for Social Justice, Grace


Session 2: What Brings Us Together?*

When: Thursday, February 20th. Shared meal begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm

Location: GLIDE

Description: Is it possible that we have more in common with each other than we think?  Facilitators Marvin White from GLIDE and Jorim Rhee from Grace will help us explore that question as they lead discussions to help uncover how we can live in community.


Marvin K. White, MDiv, GLIDE Minister of Celebration

Jorim Rhee, Program Manager, Office of the Congregation, Grace


Session 3: Can I Really Make a Difference?*

When: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE WILL UPDATE YOU WITH THE NEW TIME AND DETAILS AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE. Thursday, March 19. Shared meal begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm

Description: Problems are many. Solutions feel elusive. Take heart: change is possible, and you are not alone! Activist Lisa Fithian will share stories, insights and best practices from her over 40 years of leadership in community organizing. It will be an empowering evening, leaving attendees with a sense of possibility, direction and hope for the future.

Location: Grace Cathedral


Lisa Fithian, community organizer, nonviolent direct-action trainer and author of Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance (2019)


Session 4: From Neighbor to Kin, Breaking Down the Silos*

When: Thursday, April 23. Shared meal begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm

Location: GLIDE

Description: As staff Rabbi for GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice, Michael Lezak works to create a broad interfaith justice coalition. Michael will share insights and learnings from the field and discuss the philosophies and practicalities involved in his reconciliation and justice work. He will share how he brings groups with different experiences together to build strong, blended congregations.


Rabbi Michael Lezak, Staff Rabbi at GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice 


Session 5: Reimagining Place, Rethinking Justice*

When: Thursday, May 28. Shared meal begins at 6:00 pm. Program begins at 6:30 pm

Location: Grace Cathedral

Description: The design of a space influences human interactions taking place within it. This is especially evident in the justice system. The architecture of courthouses, prisons and other government spaces promotes authority and punishment from on high, not coming together for healing and reconciliation. Designer and restorative justice innovator Deanna Van Buren will discuss her work creating spaces that facilitate stakeholders coming together to restore broken relationships.


Deanna Van Buren, co-founder of Oakland-based Designing Justice+Designing spaces



For more information and to RSVP, please contact Miguel Bustos, mbustos@glide.org