Rome, WCC pursue conversion guidelines

Establishing a shared code of conduct
The World Council of Churches launched in mid-May a three-year joint study project with the Vatican aimed at developing a shared code of conduct on religious conversion and proselytizing.

“The issue of religious conversion remains a controversial dimension in many interconfessional and interreligious relations,” said Hans Ucko, head of the WCC’s interreligious relations office. “We hope that at the end of this study project, we will be able to propose a code of conduct that will affirm that commitment to our faith never translates into denigration of the other.”

The project, named “Interreligious Reflection on Conversion: From Controversy to a Shared Code of Conduct,” began at a May 12-16 meeting in Rome, the Geneva-based WCC announced.


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