Religion in San Francisco

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

Glide Memorial Church is a church in San Francisco 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.

Since the 1960s, Glide Church has provided various services for the poor and disenfranchised. 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 etc.

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.

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