Conservative Anglicans aim to avoid split
The Anglican (Episcopal) church is being torn apart by the issue of gay marriage and gay priests. Now conservative memebrs of the church are forming a new organisation which is hoping to prevent a split in the church.
A new organisation for traditionalists wishing to remain within the Anglican Church is being developed at a breakaway summit, religious leaders have said.
The "church within a church" will become a movement linking conservatives across the world who oppose homosexuality within the clergy but avoid a complete split with the worldwide church.
Key figures at the Gafcon summit in Jerusalem had say the new movement will develop out of agreements which already exist such as bishops in America who have been taken under the wing of traditional churches in Africa.
Bishop Bill Atwood, who is based in Texas but last year was consecrated as a bishop within the Anglican Church of Kenya, said: "The purpose [of Gafcon] is to discern principles by which we navigate over the future.