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Glide Memorial Church, San Francisco

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Glide Memorial Church is a church in San Francisco, California, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, which opened in 1930. Although conservative until the 1960s, since then it has served as a counter-culture rallying point and has been one of the most prominently liberal churches in the United States. Glide is also famous for its Gospel Choir and numerous social service programs. Its contributions to the community have been recognized by public figures such as Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Clinton; as well as Warren Buffett, who contributed the value of an auctioned lunch on eBay.HistoryIn 1920, Methodist philanthropist Lizzie Glide purchased a parcel of land at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor Streets in San Francisco and founded the Glide Foundation as a memorial to her millionaire cattleman husband, H.L. Glide of Sacramento. Construction of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church was completed two years later.LeadershipIn 1963, Rev. Cecil Williams became Pastor at Glide Memorial. Prior to him, Rev. John Moore, whose sermons on homosexuality appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, had been Pastor. In 1964, Glide helped form the Council on Religion and the Homosexual in an effort to close the gap between people of faith and the homosexual community.
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  • Some great music and very friendly staff. Music is uplifting with amazing voices. A great way to start the day. We are not religious so left before the sermons. A plate does go around but worth the fe...  more »
  • I took my friend to Glide for Easter celebration. She is a third generation agnostic. Never stepped into a church in her 67 years of life. After church she said to me, "Thank you. This was the most am...  more »
  • If you've never visited GlideMemorial, you are in for an amazing experience! Not much has changed in 30 years and I mean that in the best possible way. Theology with progressive politics with amazing ...  more »
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  • This Place is Operated by the Penacostal Church not Methodists Religion! Better Food Quality than Saint Anthony 's also Penacostal Church Operated...
  • Reading the reviews at first I didn't want to come with the group I came in with. I hurt my knee a few months ago and going up the huge staircase was dangerous. I am thankful for them giving food to the poor but the attitude of the staff is see-able as rude and act in accord of power when they want people to stand. Will be able to update review once I serve food.
  • Cool place that provides public services such as food, medical help, legal advice, needle exchange, etc. I've volunteered here for the past few months, and am really glad to be apart of an organization that makes a difference in such a troubled area. I highly recommend volunteering here, if you are interested.
  • Hi. I'm writing everyone that goes to church for their help, my daughter needs a heart transplant, and I'm asking everyone on earth to please give just one dollar, if you can thank you, if you can't I know times are hard, see I'm a single father that's not to proud to beg for help, my daughter has 6 months to live, and I need everyone's help, if you do decide to give, go to my go fund me page, and look up zoepigg, if you can't give thanks. See friends there's this thing called a donor list and the only ones that moves up the list is the Rich, if you don't have any money your child moves to the bottom of the list, no matter how long they've been on that list, the rich is the only ones that gets a new heart for their child, and my daughter has been on that list for 11 months,. If you give thanks. Thank you and God bless you. Oh and one more thing, when you go to church this Sunday, can you please say a prayer for my daughter, thanks
  • 1st floor attitudes suckling mostly! But Bill,Jason,Adam ,n Hosea are awesome on 5th floor!

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