For John, BLUF: The tendency of religion is to splinter. Look at the Baptists. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Reporter Stephen Castle, writing in The International New York Times, gives us "Meeting of Anglican Leaders Could Lead to a Looser Federation".
The lede and subsequent paragraph:
Sharply divided over issues including same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders from around the world were called on Wednesday to a meeting, planned for next year, that could lead to the transformation of the fractious global church into a much looser grouping.Included in the 37 Communions is the more traditional Anglican Church in North America. The Anglican Church in North America is a conservative grouping of churches that broke away from the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada over a number of issues, including the ordination of gay priests. Early on parishes were placing themselves under Bishops in more conservative African Communions.
In a statement, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, invited 37 primates to meet in Britain next January to “discuss key issues face to face, including a review of the structures of the Anglican Communion.”
Regards — Cliff