Conservative clerics from the Anglican Church plan to hold a breakaway summit in Jerusalem.
Traditionalist clergy said this week they would use the Global Anglican Future Conference, which is scheduled to take place in Israel’s capital in June, to highlight their opposition to a lenient stand on homosexuality professed by some of their coreligionists.
The apparent schism runs roughly along cultural and geographical lines, with more hard-line Anglicans hailing from Africa, Latin America and Asia while more liberal church members tend to be in North America and Britain.
Nominally linked to the Church of England, Anglicanism has 77 million followers worldwide.
The future conference will likely set the tone for July’s Lambeth Conference in Britain, a gathering every 10 years of Anglican leaders.