After studying the issue for almost two years, on June 6, 2004, the congregation voted by a four-to-one majority in favor of welcoming gays and lesbians into full membership. In response to persons who say that this contradicts Scripture, it is important to recognize that there are a great many teachings in the Bible that are no longer relevant for contemporary life, and that, in the entire Bible, homosexuality is mentioned in only a few verses whose meaning is often obscure. In the UCC we affirm that “God is still speaking,” that new revelation is being discovered continually, and that God calls us to be an inclusive, welcoming church. See our Open and Affirming page for a copy of our Open and Affirming Resolution.