Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio is pleased to announce Kenneth Schoon as the recipient of the Bishop Melvin Talbert Award.

As a candidate for ministry as an ordained deacon, Kenneth Schoon has passions for urban ministry, music and worship, and creating a fully inclusive United Methodist Church. Ken’s decision to navigate the ordination process in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church as an out gay man offers a profound witness to the conference and the whole church about the gifts and graces of openly LGBTQ candidates and the harmfulness of the denomination’s current practices of exclusion. As such, Ken embodies Bishop Talbert’s call toward biblical obedience.

The award will be presented to Ken as part of an evening program on October 2nd featuring Q &A and special music. Ken Schoon will be recognized in worship on Sunday morning, 10/2, at Clifton United Methodist Church. Both Sunday events, morning worship and the evening program, are free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Established in 2014, the Bishop Melvin Talbert Award recognizes individuals, groups, or congregations that make significant contributions to social justice work, especially but not exclusively related to ministry with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons. At the 2012 General Conference, Bishop Talbert said, “I declare to you that the derogatory language and restrictive laws in the Book of Discipline are immoral and unjust and no longer deserve our loyalty and obedience.” Bishop Talbert received the inaugural Bishop Melvin Talbert Award in 2014.


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