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Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

Apr 05, 2021

Cooking at GLIDE

Chef Wing reflects on 10 years in the Daily Free Meals program

Cho Wing is approaching his tenth anniversary with GLIDE as a loved and valued member of our Daily Free Meals team. To mark the occasion, Chef Wing offers the following words on his journey. We are blessed to have him as a colleague and friend and deeply grateful for all he ...

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Mar-26-2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Site Comes to The Tenderloin

After a successful pilot on Thursday, March 25, 2021, a neighborhood COVID-19 vaccination site will now be a part of the critical resources offered through the Tenderloin Community Resource Hub (TL Hub) that GLIDE coordinates weekly on the 300 block of Ellis Street (between Taylor and Jones Streets). The vaccination site grew out of a...


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Mar-24-2021

GLIDE Stands with the Asian American Community

Dear Community, When earlier this week a white man coldly and cruelly murdered eight human beings in Atlanta, seven of them women and six of those women of Asian descent, we were like so many people around the world horrified and grief-stricken. But, sadly, we were not surprised. White supremacy, racism, xenophobia, and sexism have...


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Mar-19-2021

When We Invest in Women, We All Rise

Dear GLIDE Community, When historians look back on the COVID-19 pandemic, they will tell the story of women rising to challenges of historic proportions with profound resilience, power and leadership. They will also tell a story of tremendous sacrifice, loss and disappointment. The biggest insight from this tragedy will be how the pandemic clearly exposed...


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Feb-26-2021

Our Opportunity to Make History

As we wrap up a month dedicated to celebrating the historical contributions, culture, and excellence of Black America, I want to pause to reflect on this unique moment in our nation’s history.  Recent media stories are touting a Black Renaissance. Comparable to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the Black Arts Movement of the...


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Feb-19-2021

In Solidarity Always with Our Asian American Community Members

Dear Beloved Community, We are outraged by the violence that has been directed at our Asian American community members. The reports of violence against our seniors are especially heart-wrenching. This must stop. This wave of violence emerges from a recent plague of disinformation and demagogic strategies of division and scapegoating. It has roots in our nation’s legacy...


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Feb-12-2021

Valentine’s Playlist Sunday

An Unconditional Kind of Love On this Valentine’s Day, GLIDE Memorial Church can only do one thing — Celebrate Unconditional Love; Love our loved ones, love our resilience, love the work we have done, and always, always, Unconditionally Love ourselves. To help you celebrate Unconditional Love today, we have curated three Valentine’s Day Playlists for...


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Feb-10-2021

Different Together

Four years in, GLIDE Church’s congregational life group devoted to “courageous conversation” across the divides has learned a thing or two At GLIDE Memorial Church, we practice unconditional love. More than a mere platitude, unconditional love is an ethics. It teaches us that difference does not make someone fall out of the boundaries of beloved...


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Feb-02-2021

Our Stories: A Sermon

There is a part of God, a part of faith, a part of community, that we get to fill in for ourselves. And it’s not always about the God we inherited, but the God we call forward into our present lives in contemporary ways. Available specifically for us. We complete God. God becomes God for us. ...


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Jan-21-2021

GLIDE’s New Director of Harm Reduction Services Juliana DePietro Looks Ahead

In December, GLIDE welcomed its new director of Harm Reduction Services, Juliana DePietro. A native of Davis, California, Juliana comes to GLIDE with years of frontline experience working in harm reduction services and outreach in Portland and elsewhere, and fresh from completing a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University. Last spring and summer, at the outset of the pandemic and while completing her master’s degree online,...


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