LONDON – The Archbishop of Canterbury has summoned Anglican leaders from throughout the world for a Canterbury meeting next year as he struggles to keep the global fellowship together.
Justin Welby announced on his website Wednesday that he had summoned all 37 Primates to a special meeting to be held in January.
Welby said the meeting would deal with a number of issues including a review of the structure of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Communion is a global fellowship with more than 80 million members in churches with roots in the Church of England.
The fellowship has been splintering for years between liberals and conservatives over how to interpret the Bible.
The rift broke wide open in 2003 when the U.S. Episcopal Church elected the first openly gay Anglican bishop.