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Leaders of a dissident Anglican movement meet in UK

Gafcon delegates
Image caption The FCA was founded following the Gafcon conference in 2008

Leaders of a worldwide dissident Anglican movement are meeting in London to discuss how to sustain traditional Christian beliefs.

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) grew out of concern over developments in some national Churches.

Many Anglicans, particularly in Africa, object to the ordination of gay bishops in the US.

Some 200 delegates from 29 countries are expected to attend the leadership conference at a south London church.

'Biblical teaching'

The FCA was founded following the Gafcon (Global Anglican Future) conference in Jerusalem in 2008.

Image caption Dissident Anglicans are meeting at St Mark's church

The fellowship was an attempt by more traditional Christians to re-assert what its leaders regard as authentic biblical teaching.

The conference is being held at St Mark's church in Battersea Rise.

One of the participants, Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen, has described the FCA as "the only game in town".

"It is a point of rallying Anglicans from around the world. Of exciting them again about the gospel of Jesus.

"It is the mainstream. It represents, the people involved in it, represents the vast majority of Anglicans," Archbishop Jensen told BBC correspondent John McManus.

Archbishop Jensen said he appreciated that the current head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has had a difficult job in trying to keep the organisation united in the face of widely-differing world views.

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