The new passage of scripture was included as President Stephen M. Veazey’s Counsel to the Church that was presented on January 15th, 2010 during a worship service at Community of Christ Temple. The scripture also emphasizes the power of the sacrament of Communion. The Community of Christ practices open Communion.
A church official further explained the decision. “Obviously, it is historic, but I also think it goes beyond history,” said Linda Booth, Community of Christ’s director of communications and a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the lead missionary quorum of the Community of Christ. “I believe God is moving us to be a people who live our baptismal covenant and honor and respect the other baptismal covenant that others have made. I believe God is pressing us to welcome them as brothers and sisters in Christ.” This change will be codified as Section 164 of their Doctrine and Covenants.
Here's a photo postcard of the Conference so far, embedded below:
Among the potentially contentious issues remaining to be debated are whether gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals should be considered for ordination. Also on the table is whether ordained church members should be allowed to officiate at same-sex marriages where they are legal. I doubt that both these changes in their fulness would be adopted; it would be too much for most church members to swallow. But I wouldn't be surprised if some degree of liberalization emerged from the Conference on these issues.
John Hamer has done some blogging of the Conference on By Common Consent. Saints Herald also blogs on the Conference and provides links to others HERE.