The Anglican Peace and Justice Network met in New York NY in May 1996. This year the Network shared in the Round Table Conference on World Debt. Human rights were the main issue and the network heard about the work of the South African Truth Commission and about the meeting between Episcopal Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning and Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Although the meeting rejoiced at the news of the UN decision at Geneva that anti-personnel land mines should be declared illegal, they were distressed to see a White House spokesman saying that the one exception must be the frontier between North and South Korea". As a result of this, the network voted to hold its next meeting in South Korea.
"At the invitation of the Anglican Province of Korea, over 30 members of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN), representing 24 Provinces of the Anglican Communion, met on the grounds of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, from April 14 to April 21, 1999. .... In this summary of the meeting, the committee reports are presented first, followed by in-depth reports from the Provinces and some Dioceses of the Communion. .... There are also the immediate, active concerns of the APJN as a collective sounding board for the Communion. There are two papers on`Alternatives to War', in light of the international involvement in Kosovo and potential involvement elsewhere. And there is attention paid to problems in Korea, the host country. The group considered the problem of `Korean Re-Unification', and lifted up the ways in which the Christian churches are attempting to become partners in a healing process. Members of APJN made a visit to the DMZ, the dividing line between the estranged nations of the peninsula. And they considered ways to continue the dialogue, launched at Lambeth in 1998, of the church with its gay and lesbian members in a `Panel on Homosexuality'." -- Coming to Seoul, p. 3.
Contents divided into three sections: Introduction -- Section 1: Areas of Concern -- Section 2: Reports from the Churches.
Contents of Introduction section: Coming to Seoul -- Welcome Address / Matthew Chung -- Bishop Prado's Sermon Luiz Prado / -- Minutes of APJN Business Meeting [April 20, 1999] -- APJN Participants..
Contents of Section 1: Areas of Concern: Korea Re-Unification -- Urbanization: Peace, Sustainability, and Justice towards Holistic Mission -- Migrant Workers -- Asian and African Women -- Globalization -- International Debt Burden and Jubilee 2000 -- Regional Conflicts: The Great Lakes Region -- Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process -- On an Alternative to War (Paper 1) -- On an Alternative to War (Paper 2): Kosovo Situation -- On Landmines, Weapons and Violence -- The New Dimensions of Age -- Panel on Homosexuality.
Contents of Section 2: Reports from the Churches: Brazil -- Burundi -- Anglican Church of Canada -- Diocese of Egypt and North Africa -- Church of England -- Episcopal Church USA -- The Church in the Province of the Indian Ocean -- Iran -- Jerusalem -- Kenya -- Myanmar -- The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Holy Catholic Church in Japan) -- Episcopal Church in the Philippines -- Rwanda -- Church of the Province of Southern Africa -- Sri Lanka -- Tanzania -- Wales.
The Anglican Church of Canada was represented by Ms. Joy Kennedy.
Information about the scourge of landmines. Also includes a CMS poster "Pray for victims of landmines". "The overseas partners of the Church Mission Society have asked us to pray for the victims of land-mines. Many church church leaders and human rights organizations around the world have also called for a total ban on the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land-mines".
Includes inset article about landmine casualties in Afghanistan on p. 14.