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Founded as a Methodist Episcopal Church in 1892, Clifton United Methodist has been a witness for social justice in the Clifton community and Cincinnati ever since. The congregation is a very diverse group, reflecting the breadth of our welcoming statement.

Truly all are welcome in this community of faith. Having been a welcoming and safe harbor for gay and lesbian people of faith for many years, we formally became a Reconciling Congregation in 1998. We are a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a fellowship of United Methodist congregations who have decided to welcome and support gay and lesbian persons in our churches. We believe that same-gender sexual orientation is no barrier to authentic Christian faith and experience, and we belong to the organization which links such minded United Methodist individuals and congregations across the country.

In 1925 the Wesley Foundation began its ministry through our church to University of Cincinnati students. While the Wesley Foundation now has it’s own building near campus, Clifton UMC still maintains an active college ministry in partnership.

We have also been responsive to the needs and gifts of the elders in our community. Our congregation founded the Clifton Senior Center in 1974, a relationship that continues to the present.

Not only has the scope of our ministries with seniors broadened, but many of our senior members are at the forefront of change and growth. While we are not currently as diverse racially and culturally as we hope to be, our history of Asian refugee ministry and racial justice advocacy is the building block of our future.

Clifton UMC’s involvement in the AMOS Project is an important step in this direction. In the last several years much of our growth has come from the addition of young families who want their children to be involved in such a diverse community. There are many opportunities for both adults and children to connect with each other.