February 14th, 2013

Back in the 60's protest was de rigueur. The anti-war movement and the struggle for civil rights were front and center in the nation's consciousness. During that period many institutions sprung up to give voice to hope and to the causes of the day. Today, 50 years later most of those institutions are gone, and are at best distant nostalgic memories of days gone by.

However, one institution remain in the heart of San Francisco: Glide Memorial Church.

When Cecil William came to Glide it had 35 congregants in the heart of SF's Tenderloin. Today, 50 years later, it is a beacon of hope for the poor, the marginalized and the community. How did this church, under the leadership of Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, remain relevant to the times, in fact, ahead of it's times? What does it tell us about hope, faith and social justice?

Today Cecil and Janice tell their story in their memoir Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide My conversation with Cecil Williams and Janice Mikikitani: