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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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  • There is no "church" like this anywhere in the world. You do not have to be a "believer" in anything. Just go with open heart and mind. You will be filled with incredible voices, jazz, words and love....  more »
  • Glide church is about "unconditional love" and "social justice". Since 1963, the Rev. Cecil Williams brought the church in the Tenderloin to the attention of the world. With his love for each individu...  more »
  • This church has a wonderful choir. A lot of people going every Sunday to hear singing. The atmosphere is excellent. We recommend you arrive at least half an hour. Music is available on CD and DVD.
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  • another good place to get free food, the staff though is something else,
  • The best thing about Glide is that they take developmentally disabled individuals off the street and give them jobs as security guards. They are very lucky because there is no way anybody else would hire them. It's very Christ like of Glide to take pity upon certain individuals and give them jobs. But how about giving them training and supervision as well? This "security" staff creates an atmosphere that is so hostile many people refuse to eat there. For instance: I walked in one time and accidentally spilled a couple of drops of coffee in the lobby. I immediately apologized and asked if I could have a paper towel or mop to clean it up. The "security" guard said "don't worry about it". Then I jokingly said "you're lucky I didn't spill the whole thing". To which he got very loud and angry and screamed "I'm LUCKY? I'm LUCKY?". Then I just quietly tiptoed out of there. Another time I'm standing in line not moving at all and the dude in a yellow jacket comes up to me and says "I want you to stand right there". Then he put his hands on me to hold me still which was so unnecessary when I wasn't even moving in the first place. I looked over at the other guard and she radioed to tell him "please don't touch the clients". Today I was on my way to Glide because it's cheeseburger day when I saw a homeless man with a sign saying "dreaming of a cheeseburger". I invited him to join me. He said "I don't go to Glide. They give me panic attacks." I said " I hear ya brother. I hear ya"
  • A place to my rescue after loss of job, house, car and family.. I did return and volunteered 1 day as my pay back. That made me feel good
  • Regarding volunteering events in its kitchen, Glide has a great message, which is to help out the people in need without giving them the impression they're being judged. That's why Glide workers have removed the crosses at this church to make some of the people here more comfortable.
  • Awesome church that walks out what they preach. Feeds the poor daily... Ministers to addicts... Homeless... Free healthcare... Counseling. No judgements... Pure love! Awesome uplifting Sunday celebrations!! Go... You will NEVER regret it. ♥