Glide Memorial Methodist Church, San Francisco 1972 60 items
San Francisco's Glide Memorial Methodist Church was founded in 1929 by the wealthy and conservative Glide family. As the city grew, membership declined and the church's engagement with its impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood was minimal. By the early 1960s, however, Glide Memorial, a small congregation with a large endowment in the form of the Glide Foundation, was ready for change. In 1962 Bishop Tippett appointed the community organizer Lew Durham as director of the Foundation. Durham and pastor John V. Moore ('41) began to initiate a more progressive social agenda. The following year, the board established the Glide Urban Center, a new urban ministry that developed programs to counter the Tenderloin's worsening delinquency, prostitution, and drug problems. Rev. Ted McIlvenna was brought on to run the Glide Young Adult Ministry, Rev. Don Kuhn became Glide's publisher and PR specialist, and the charismatic Rev. Cecil Williams was hired as Minister of Outreach. Williams was named Glide's next pastor following Moore's departure in 1966. Throughout this time a new and creative community relationship began to form -- street gang mediation, GLBT empowerment, and services for young adults and the poor or destitute. With magnetic enthusiasm, Cecil Williams crafted an extraordinary Sunday service Celebration embracing affirmation, thundering social justice proclamation, rousing sermon-and-response, light shows, gospel choirs, theater, drama, dance and lots of very hip music. Bob Fitch was among the first of Glide's seminary student interns. Kuhn encouraged his emerging passion for photography and published Bob's first book, "My Eyes Have Seen," a photo documentary of nonviolent social justice campaign leaders and workers. The photos of Glide Memorial Church in this collection were taken by Fitch in 1972.