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Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

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Address: 330 Ellis St, West of Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-2735
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+1 415-771-6000

This church is known for its pastor, Cecil Williams, whose sermons never...

This church is known for its pastor, Cecil Williams, whose sermons never fail to thrill.

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Must do on Sundays

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... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

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 music. My partner is Jewish and he felt completely welcome and did not want to leave. It is one of the few places in the world... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

They take care of the homeless here and I love that and every San Frisconian should volunteer here at least once.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

One Christmas, Rev. Cecil Williams began his sermon with, "Today, we celebrate the birth of a child who was raised by a homeless couple." There was silence as his words resonated with the crowd. Every time I see a nativity scene, I think of those words.

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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. If you have any doubts about anything, this is a place to go. And, they feed hundreds of people every week. It... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

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 individual, he led the charge against poverty by helping people: --eat, by serving 800 to 1,000 people three meals each day; --with housing in three high-rise buildings for... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visiting now in Oct San Francisco, we knew about the Gospel chor and the "kind" of Mess in this Church. We went there for 11.00 am on Sunday, in the 1st floor, there were still plenty of seats. The Church hall is pretty big, it started with great gospel music and singing on the stage before of us. Then there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

This is a joyous place with a message of radical inclusiveness. The amazing gospel Glide Ensemble and "Change Band" are inspirational and moving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Was staying across the street. Happy to have gotten up on Sunday morning for this! Very inclusive but chill. Really come as you are and worth the trip for your heart and soul!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Do not hesitate just go here! We went with our son who is a member and lives around the corner. We are Catholic and from New England so sometimes a little hesitant in our services. This took me by surprise but what a wonderful surprise! Everyone hugs, sings, praises and what an eclectic, diverse group. The choir was phenomenal -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Glide Memorial has been a mecca for social ministry for at least twenty years. This is a church that was exchanging needles for addicts twenty-five years ago. This church has continued to grow into broader social ministry in its community. Today you will find that the church is busy almost 24 hours a day. There are day care centers, homeless... More 

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