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Glide Memorial Church is a United Methodist Church in San Francisco, California that opened in 1929. 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. Its contributions to the community have been recognized by such respected figures as Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Clinton; as well as Warren Buffett, who famously contributed the value of an auctioned lunch on eBay.[1]

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. [2]

Since the 1960s, Glide Church has provided various services for the poor and disenfranchised. Glide serves three meals daily, amounting to over 750,000 free meals a year.[3] The church also provides HIV testing, mental and primary health care, women's programs, crisis intervention, an after-school program, creative arts and mentoring for youth, literacy classes, computer training, job skills training, drug and alcohol recovery programs, free legal services for the homeless, housing with case management, and much more.

Visitors from all over the world attend Sunday celebrations, of which music is a prominent part. The Glide Ensemble and Change Band have become an integral part of the Sunday celebration. In May 2007, the ensemble was featured on the American late night show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Every Sunday's celebration is available on CD and DVD from the church's website and at the church itself. Revenue from this source helps the church fund its many charitable programs.

Recently, the movie The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, depicted the real life rags-to-riches story of Chris Gardner and his son. Once homeless, they turned to Glide's services for support to help them get back on their feet. Cecil Williams and his wife Janice Mirikitani, the leaders of the church's services for over 40 years, can be seen briefly in the movie as can a number of homeless people employed as extras.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Glide Memorial Church
  2. ^ Licata, Salvatore J.; Robert P. Peterson (1982). Historical Perspectives on Homosexuality. Routledge. p. 175. ISBN 0917724275. 
  3. ^ "Glide: Meals". Glide Memorial Church. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  4. ^ "The Pursuit of Happyness". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

Coordinates: 37°47′07″N 122°24′41″W / 37.785226°N 122.411451°W / 37.785226; -122.411451



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