The recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divine degree from Southern Methodist University, he is recognized as a leader on the forefront of change and as a spokesperson for the poor and marginalized. His efforts to assist the less fortunate include The Cecil Williams Glide Community House, a nine-story, 52 unit complex to provide housing for up to 140 residents who are working toward recovery and self-sufficiency. The residents include the homeless, people recovering from substance abuse, those infected with HIV/AIDS and women and children who have been physically or sexually abused.
Rev. Williams challenges his congregation to take action above apathy, community above isolation, and the force of faith hope and love above traditional religious symbolism.
Rev. Williams and the Glide Church have been featured in a Life Magazine cover story titled, "A Church for the 21st Century" and in 1998, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets.