As noted by council reporter John Foster, an elder who lives in Princeton, W.Va., Mr. Holladay, speaking for the elders who want to rescind the earlier vote to move, said that the resolution to redo the vote was a way to bring about peace and unity in the church.
Mr. Salyer, in favor of the move, said: "I do not understand how we can in good conscience submit a resolution that seeks in plain language to negate a decision duly made and authorized by the GCE [general conference of elders]."
Mr. Franks, similarly, asked: "How can a minority of the council put forward a resolution to overturn that decision and still say I'm in consensus with the council?"
Mr. Kilough, council member and church president, said he believes the renegade resolution stands to create a messy situation in the church.
Mr. Eddington, speaking as a council member opposed to the move, said he is concerned that the issue transcends the location of the home office and that some church leaders had underestimated the unrest and disunity the proposal has generated.
A similar resolution, more or less a petition, is circulating among the UCG ministry.
If 25 percent of UCG elders sign it, that resolution will also require that the general conference vote on whether to rescind the original vote to move to Texas.
The next day, Dec. 12, the council met with David McCarble II, a UCG member who lives in Houston, Texas, who is a developer of high-rise and commercial retail centers.
Mr. McCarble answered questions from council members on ways to develop the new property in Texas.
The closing of the purchase of the land, 811/2 acres on FM 3163 just east of Milan Ridge Road just outside the city limits of Denton, still seems to be on for early January.
Reported United News, the UCG's member newsletter, the cost of the land is $1,599,784, or $19,610 per acre, and its appraised value is $1.7 million.