REV. CECIL WILLIAMS & JANICE MIRIKITANI

 

SAN FRANCISCO'S BELOVED HUSBAND AND WIFE REVEREND CECIL WILLIAMS AND JANICE MIRIKITANI: A LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP, ACTIVISIM AND COMMUNITY WORK.

 

By Bahya Oumlil-Murad | Photos by Drew Altizer Photography | October 17, 2014

 

Rev. Cecil Williams, a minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, is recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change and in the struggle for civil and human rights.

For over 45 years, Rev. Williams has expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as the founder and minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. 

 

Often considered controversial and radical, Rev. Williams was one of the first clergymen to take a revolutionary stand for same sex couples by presiding over their weddings four decades before today’s struggle to legalize gay marriage. His vision for the 21st century church can be seen in Glide’s unique and powerful blend of spirituality, principled compassion, and cutting edge programs for those most in need. 

 

Together with his wife, Janice Mirikitani, a visionary, community activist, poet, editor, and founding President of the Glide Foundation, have created a unique partnership, bringing a powerful yet sensitive direction to Glide’s many social programs. 

 

Mirikitani is the Founding President of the Glide Foundation where she, and Rev. Williams have achieved worldwide recognition for their groundbreaking organization, which empowers San Francisco’s poor and marginalized communities to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. 

 

Over 43 years they built 87 comprehensive programs that provide education, recovery support, primary and mental health care, job training, housing and human services.