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SFIC Shares in the Mourning of San Francisco Icon, Pastor

and Prophetic Activist Rev. Cecil Williams

On behalf of our City's 800 communities of faith and religious institutions, the San Francisco Interfaith Council expresses deep sympathy at news of the passing and immense gratitude for the life and ministry of beloved icon, pastor and prophetic activist



Cecil will be remembered as that rare religious leader whose commitment to champion social justice causes and tireless efforts to bring comfort and strength to the marginalized and disenfranchised dramatically impacted our City.  

Let us honor his memory by emulating his example!

Michael G. Pappas, Executive Director

San Francisco Interfaith Council

In Remembrance of Reverend Cecil Williams

September 22, 1929 – April 22, 2024

It is with profound grief that we confirm that Reverend Cecil Williams, GLIDE’s renowned Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation, passed away on April 22 at the age of 94, in his home in San Francisco.

With Reverend Cecil William’s passing, we have lost an incomparable champion of social justice, civil and human rights, and liberation theology. For more than 60 years, Reverend Cecil Williams expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation of GLIDE in San Francisco.

As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and ceaseless champion for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Cecil Williams was long respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change and in the struggle for civil and human rights. Today, he joins his beloved late wife and Co-Founder, Janice Mirikitani, in eternal peace.

Our hearts go out to every person Reverend Williams touched throughout his long and beautiful life. Memorial plans are still being arranged, and updates will be shared on this page.

Please check back.

With love,

Dr. Gina Fromer

President & CEO of the GLIDE Foundation

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