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A New Urban Ministry

As social change erupted, cities became a testing ground…


Homosexual Organizations

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A New Urban Ministry

As social change erupted across the U.S. in the early 1960s, cities became the testing ground for new social models. Progressive clergymen took to the streets to connect their ministries with marginalized persons. The Glide Urban Center in San Francisco exemplified this new urban ministry. This downtown Methodist church with a small congregation was transformed in 1962 when the board of its endowment fund hired the Rev. Lewis Durham. Durham hired three other young clergymen, Ted McIlvenna, Cecil Williams and Don Kuhn, to develop and staff programs for the Glide Urban Center.

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Glide Memorial Methodist Church in 1964

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Photo by Alan J. Canterbury. Reprinted by permission of San Francisco Public Library.

 

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