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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Conservative leaders of the Anglican Church have agreed in Jerusalem to form
a new group to fight liberal attitudes and tolerance of homosexuals.

They went to the holy city to get back to their biblical roots, but not everyone was happy to see
them.

Middle East correspondent, Matt Brown, reports from Jerusalem.

MATT BROWN, REPORTER: They came on a pilgrimage to the holy land. They're leaders of a church
gripped by a crisis.

Conservative Anglican's say they must rescue their church from the forced of pluralism and militant
secularism.

PETER JENSEN, ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OF SYDNEY: What's at stake is the authority of Jesus Christ and
the authority of his gospel. These are massive matters in world Christianity.

MATT BROWN: It all began in the United States in 2003 when the Church of New Hampshire chose a gay
man, Jean Robinson, as its Bishop.

Their spiritual leader the Archbishop of Canterbury warned of serious consequences for the cohesion
of the church.

However the conservatives say they've now been forced to act because the Archbishop failed to
punish those who've been tolerant of homosexuals.

Sydney's Archbishop Peter Jensen has been a leading voice calling for change.

PETER JENSEN: We see the birth of a great new spiritual movement. Who knows what's going to happen?
You can't determine what God's spirit will do under these circumstances but it could be very
significant indeed for the long term future.

MATT BROWN: The delegates say the represent around 35 million Anglicans. They've decided to appoint
a new council of church leaders.

And they've issues the Jerusalem declaration. It contains a clause against homosexuality and a
pledge to get back to biblical basics.

HENRY OROMBI, ARCHBISHOP OF UGANDA: There are many, many people who are still back to the roots of
the church, and the roots of the word of God.

MATT BROWN: Some in the holy city say the conference has been an unwelcome distraction.

When the church leaders in Jerusalem found out about this conference through the media, they urged
the organiser's to sort out their differences not here, but at Lambeth in England, where the
Anglican Church is due to have it once a decade get-together next month.

The Archbishop of Jerusalem Suheil Dawani agrees with the conservatives about homosexuality, but
not with the path they've chosen.

SUHEIL DAWANI, BISHOP OF JERUSALEM: we need unity, not division. That's why I told them if you want
to come to Jerusalem, come in the spirit of oneness, and not to come to bring any division here.

MATT BROWN: The conservatives say they'll never leave the Anglican community; they just want it to
reform.

PETER JENSEN: Because it's ours. We belong to it. We haven't changed. And we wish to be Anglicans.
That's what we were brought up to be; that's who we are.

MATT BROWN: For this group the next step will be to restore what they call authentic Christianity
in churched where it's been compromised.

Matt Brown, Lateline.