GLIDE Memorial Church

GLIDE Memorial Church believes in a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.

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About GLIDE Memorial Church

We pride ourselves in continually striving to meet the challenge set by Lizzie Glide in 1930 to be “A house of prayer for all people.” The Glide Foundation and Glide Memorial United Methodist Church were established by Lizzie GLIDE in honor of her late husband, Joseph, as well as a means to share her spirituality and commitment to those in need.


The Church and Foundation both experienced a renaissance in the 1960s with the arrival of the Rev. Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and a community responding to the changing times and a growing need for new opportunities. This transformative period continues to live on in GLIDE to this day.


For over 80 years, GLIDE has been a spiritual home and refuge for people from many diverse backgrounds and spiritual traditions, as well as a provider of services to the people of the Tenderloin and San Francisco. We invite you to discover how you can get involved and draw strength from the ever-changing, ever-growing GLIDE community!


In addition to two Sunday Celebrations, GLIDE Memorial Church offers a wide array of programs, including small groups and Bible studies, meditation and yoga, recovery circles, the GLIDE Pride Team, groups for lesbian, trans, gay, bi and queer individuals, teams devoted to social justice and racial justice and more. Whether your call is to sing in the GLIDE Ensemble, serve internationally with our Ray of Hope trip to Kenya, or walk the stories of the Bible in the Holy Land there is a place for you here at GLIDE. If you have an idea for a group you think would be a good fit here at GLIDE, let us know!


There are also many different opportunities throughout the year to volunteer with the GLIDE Foundation. From serving meals with a small group of other congregants to joining hundreds of other volunteers to hand out toys at Christmas, from providing HIV counseling to tutoring a child after school, there are ways to get involved and make a change in our community.


Your journey with GLIDE is just beginning. To find out more about what is happening in our congregation, read your bi-weekly e-newsletter Congregation Connect, which comes out every other Friday, call the Congregational Life Office at 415-674-6090, or email


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 This Week at GLIDE 




Young Adults at GLIDE

Interested in connecting with other young adults at GLIDE or joining a group in fun events? Speak with Pastor Theon or someone in the Congregational Life office to leave your name and contact information. 



Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 10:30am | GEDC - 125 Mason

Did you know GLIDE offers free yoga? Our twice a week classes move at an easy pace, which is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Classes take place at the GLIDE Economic Development Corp at 125 Mason (just a block from GLIDE Church).


The People's Bible Study
with Rev. Harry Williams

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM | Room 201

 The People's Bible Study, led by Rev. Harry Louis Williams II, meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Maya Angelou Living Room.  At the People's Bible Study, we discover ways that the scriptures still speak to us in a world where refugees are demonized, children are pushed out of classrooms and into the prison system, and women and girls are forced into sexual slavery.  Out of the People's Bible Study have come two successful projects: the sock collection drive for our homeless neighbors organized by Anne Morrison and a Sara Paredes' collection of gifts for the babies of mothers who are incarcerated at the private prison blocks away from Glide. Come join our tight-knit group where we always keep it real.


Workshop to Combat Human Trafficking
Saturday | 10:00| Freedom Hall

 Hood Healing With Harry Williams will be hosting a workshop here at Glide Memorial Church on the topic of human trafficking in the Bay Area.  We are inviting modern day slavery abolitionist groups from all over the area to share with us.  At-risk youth will be singing and reciting poetry at this open to the public event.  Admission is free with lunch provided.  Our dream is that people will be able to network around this issue which has ensnared so many youth in our community. Please come out to find out the scope of the problem and how one person can make a difference.  


Weekly Support and Discussion Groups

Bridging the Gap is for LGBTQ folks & allies. It meets in room 206, on Tuesdays, at 5 P.M.

Keeping It Real
is offered on Sundays in Freedom Hall after the 11:00 A.M. Celebration.
GLIDE Recovery Circles meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm with Angela Coleman in the GLIDE 5th floor Wellness Center. This is a free group drop-in weekday recovery circle for anyone in need of recovery


Upcoming Events  


'The Jesus Fatwah' Series

Sundays | 9:00 AM | Room 300


The Jesus Fatwah:  Love Your Muslim Neighbor as Yourself


Were you able to join us for our Belief & Painting the Stars viewing series?  Would you like to continue exploring faith in a community open to all voices and perspectives?


We are pleased to announce the continuation of our Sunday 9 AM Series with The Jesus Fatwah:  Love Your Muslim Neighbor as Yourself.  In this 5-week series, we will explore what adherents of Islam believe, how they live out their faith, and how all of us can build bridges (not barriers) across faith and spiritual traditions. 

“Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.”


'Meet a Muslim' Questions and Answers

Sunday, May 22, 2016
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Freedom Hall




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