Good Friday— Unfiltered

Today is a day of days- it’s Friday! For some, Friday marks the end of the work week- an opportunity to pause from the intense demands of work and recharge. For others, Friday is only the beginning of intense life demands. For some, Friday marks the end of the school week- a time to absorb lessons learned and get reenergized for the next week. For others, Friday is only the beginning of lessons to be learned.

These are momentous moments. And today is no ordinary Friday- it’s Good Friday.

Good Fri·day
ˌɡo͝od ˈfrīˌdā/
noun: Good Friday

  1. the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.

Wait…what?! Good Friday?!

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noun: crucifixion; plural noun: crucifixions

  1. the execution of a person by nailing or binding them to a cross.
  1. the killing of Jesus Christ by crucifixion.

singular proper noun: Crucifixion; noun: the Crucifixion

Wait…what?!  Crucifixion?!

If this is what happened on Good Friday, I have one question:  What’s so “good” about Good Friday?!

  • Good Friday is an unfortunate reminder that fear and misunderstanding are real.
  • Good Friday uncovers false narratives which would claim that all people treated with respect.
  • Good Friday exposes the ugliness of state-sanctioned violence.

There’s no Instagram Filter for Good Friday.  Good Friday, unfiltered, is grotesque! #SorryNotSorry #JusticeForJesus

At GLIDE, we know the Good Friday story. We know it well.for theon's post

  • Each day, we encounter people who have been battered by systems of oppression.
  • Each day, we stand with those who have been traumatized by violence.
  • Each day, we catch the tears of those who feel that they’re life is over.
  • Each day, we bear witness to the collateral damage of failed public policies.

Ahhh…but wait…there’s more.

Good Friday is more than a dreadful day- Good Friday is also a Great Friday!

  • Good Friday encourages us to forgive- even in the face of persecution.
  • Good Friday dares us to have faith- even in our doubt.
  • Good Friday invites us to live courageously.
  • Good Friday challenges us to love unconditionally.

Good Friday is a difficult day. It exposes hard truths about injustice and oppression. Even so, we embrace the pain of our world (TODAY) and look forward, with hope, as we hold to a timeless message: Love always wins.

Tomorrow is not promised. While I cannot promise that you or I will live to see a brighter tomorrow, I know one thing:

“As you read these words, it’s ALREADY tomorrow…SOMEWHERE!”

I wrote this note to you on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00PM because I believed that Friday would come. I have faith that LOVE ALWAYS WINS because I believe in the power of RESURRECTION that we will Celebrate on Sunday.

Not only do I believe it…I’m counting on it!


With Faith, Hope, & Love,


Rev. Theon Johnson III


The Rev. Ttheon-bio-picheon Johnson III is an Associate Pastor at GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. He came to GLIDE from Mississippi where he served as the United Methodist Campus Minister at Jackson State University. Theon believes that love is a revolutionary force which empowers people to transform the world.

With a background in Philosophy, Religion and Education from Millsaps College, Theon studied Theology and Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he served as an Advocacy Associate with the General Board of Church and Society on Capitol Hill. Currently, Theon is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at Jackson State University.


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GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
@glidefycc @bayresistance @momsdemand @cityhallsf @100daysaction #keepchildrensafe #safeschools #banassaultweapons #forthekids #ENOUGH Children and teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center getting ready for a photo at today's #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #guncontrolnow and safety in our educational institutions is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a demonstration of solidarity with the #parklandhighschool students and all victims of school shootings.
#enough #safeschools @janekim @momsdemand @kaye_foster @everytown @kamalaharris @wkamaubell @mchammer @feliciahorowitz @glidefycc kids and teachers on there way to City Hall for #nationalschoolwalkout to demand #guncontrolnow! @momsdemand @janetector @kaye_foster @everytown @janekim @andthelma @alissagrier @angelabrown17 @theonj3 @kamalaharris @nancypelosi

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