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Interreligious reflection on conversion: from controversy to a shared code of conduct

"An Interreligious reflection on conversion: from controversy to a shared code of conduct," a joint effort of the World Council of Churches' Office on Interreligious Relations and Dialogue and the Roman Catholic Church's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was a multi-year study and dialogue process that encompassed both inter- and intra-religious dialogue events in an effort to address the controversial issue of conversion and proselytism in a religiously plural world. The initial 2006 event, "Conversion: Assessing the Reality," brought together representatives of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Yoruba religious traditions to discuss the theological, historical, and contemporary aspects of conversion. The second event, "Towards an ethical approach to conversion: Christian witness in a multi-religious world," saw a diverse group of Christian leaders identify key issues that should be addressed in a conversion 'code of conduct.' A final draft has not yet been released.

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