Contents divided into five main sections: Introduction -- Section I: The Local Context -- Section II: Far-Reaching Concerns -- Section III: The Church in Areas of Civil/Regional Conflict -- Section IV: Principles Shaping Work in the Communion.
Contents: APJN Participant -- A Beginning -- Report from Aotearoa/New Zealand -- A Special Place -- Globalization and Poverty -- HIV/AIDS -- Justice and Peace Issues in the World -- Young People in the Anglican Church -- Environmental Issues -- Justice for Women -- Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances (CEDC) -- Death Penalty -- Overview: Areas of Special Concern -- Great Lakes Region -- Burundi -- The Zimbabwean Situation -- Role of the Church in the Sri Lankan Conflict / Kumara B.S. Illanasinghe i.e. Illangasinghe -- Overview: Principles Shaping Work in the Communion -- Theological Education -- Toward Interfaith Understanding.
The Anglican Church of Canada was represented by Ms. Cynthia Patterson and the Rev. Canon Eric B. Beresford who is also "Ethicist for the ACC" i.e. Anglican Consultative Council.
A description of the four-day visit by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Sri Lanka and the Church of Ceylon [7-10 May] 2007. "His schedule did not permit a visit to the most troubled areas of the island but groups and individuals travelled from the North and the East to meet with him both in Kurunagala and Colombo". "The Archbishop was shocked to hear of the extent to which children were being forced to act as soldiers, a practice he repeatedly condemned. In his meeting with internally displaced people as well as those community and faith leaders from the troubled regions, Dr. Williams was briefed on human rights abuses which seemed to be routinely practised on a wide scale". The Archbishop met with the President and also with the leader of the opposition. "During his visit, Dr. Williams paid tribute to the role being exercised by the Church of Ceylon and the public stance of its bishops. In his sermon in Kurunagala he told the congregation that their witness and faithfulness would be vital for the days ahead". Archbishop Williams said: "The whole world is a territory which we must learn to live in together, with a shared responsibility. It is not only this island or my own island that is too small for conflict, the world too small for conflict and our modern communications and technology should be teaching not how easy it is to spread the messages of fear and paranoia and hatred; it should be teaching us that we can grow into a common language, a common vision, a common responsibility. .... We must keep our bridges in good repair, the bridges for listening and sympathy, hearing the truth from one another, learning what the other's experience is like. And as we do that we shall find, so God promises us, that there is a blessing even from the stranger."
Article includes photo of Archbishop Rowan Williams with Bishop Kumara Illangesinghe of Kurunagala.
"On February 4 Sri Lanka normally celebrates Independence Day, remembering the moment in 1948 when control of the country passed from the British to Sri Lankans. This year , however, members of the Church of Ceylon -- Anglicans in Sri Lanka -- instead treated the day as one of repentance and lamentation after leaders called on clergy and laity to 'a period of lamenting together for the terrible state of our nation today, and repentance for our failing as a Church to love mercy, to seek justice and to walk humbly with God'. Back in January  the Bishop of Colombo the Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey had written a letter to church members saying that the country's leaders had ignored repeated appeals to respect the rule of law. This had resulted in 'a climate of fear and helplessness, where people remain silent rather than speak out against rampant injustice, intimidation, violence and falsehoods'." At a service held in the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, "[t]he singing of hymns and lyrics in all three languages used in the country [Sinhalese, Tamil and English] were interspersed with moments of silence for prayer and quiet reflections throughout the entire service. The intercessions, once again in the three languages, had for their theme forgiveness, repentance, justice, the healing of broken relationships between communities and prayers for peace and reconciliation."
There will be an international NIFCON consultation in Bangalore, South India, in September 2003. On 11 September 2003 Archbishop Rowan Williams will attend the third meeting of a Christian-Muslim Commission established by Archbishop George Carey at the Islamic University of Al Azhar in Cairo. These meetings are sometimes known as the Al Azhar dialogue after the university where they first met. NIFCON has recently expanded its web site to provide monitoring of Christian Muslim relations around the Communion.
Report also contains the full text of a story on the current political and interfaith context in Sri Lanka which has been moving toward real peace and interfaith cooperation. The article, written by Andrew Wingate, originally appeared in the Church Times of 20 September 2002 and highlights the interfaith work of Bishop Duleep de Chickera, Anglican Bishop of Colombo in the Church of Ceylon.