Reverend Cecil Williams was a beacon of light and love.

In all he did, Reverend Williams was guided by his faith. He fought for the rights and dignity of all people. He led re-entry programs for those leaving prison, provided clothing and housing for people in need, and helped thousands of people access healthcare. Under his leadership, San Francisco’s GLIDE Memorial Church became one of the first churches to welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. Reverend Williams made GLIDE what it is today: a sanctuary of hope and healing, where all people are made to feel like family.

It was my honor to call Reverend Williams a dear friend. I have many fond memories over the years of attending GLIDE’s morning sermon on Thanksgiving—and then, joining Rev. and Jan downstairs to serve meals to members of the community. Cecil offered every person who walked through his doors a warm smile, a hot meal, and unconditional love.  

Our country is more just, more compassionate, and stronger for the leadership of Reverend Cecil Williams. Doug and I send our prayers to the entire Williams family.

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