The Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani have been working since 1967 to make Glide Memorial United Methodist Church the spiritual soul of San Francisco, fighting for its poor and disenfranchised. Reverend Williams's preaching calls for congregants to accept all those around them, including groups traditionally left outside the church door. He is determined to bring real life, in all its forms, into Glide by serving almost one million free meals to the homeless every year and through more unorthodox ideas, such as HIV-testing during services. In his book Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide, Reverend Williams's lays out the lessons he's learned from events, including the civil rights movement, the Harvey Milk assassination and the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and encourages readers to embrace their true selves, accept all those around them, and fully live day to day through social change as worship.
Belva Davis' broadcasting career began on radio and continued on television, where she was the first female African American reporter on the West Coast. She has received countless awards for her contributions to the field of journalism, and is known for her work as a labor activist, vice president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and as the author of "Never in My Wildest Dreams."
Janice Mirikitani: Feminist, essayist, poet, activist and Executive Director of Programs at the Glide and Urban Center.
Rev. Cecil Williams
A. Cecil Williams is a former minister of the United Methodist Church and a community leader, author, and spokesperson for the poor.
Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, long-time leaders at San Francisco's legendary Glide Memorial Church, recall meeting with several notorious Bay Area quasi-religious movements of the 1970s: Est, Synanon, and Jim Jones' People's Temple.