20 November 2013
Welcoming the convert in Wales
Religious organisations are meeting in Cardiff this week to talk about conversion. Christians, Muslims and other faith groups will share experiences of people joining their communities after converting from another faith.
Welcoming the Convert in Wales is organised by Evangelical Alliance Wales with the support of the Alliance for Peace and the Middle Path and Cardiff City of Sanctuary. The event will take place on Thursday 21 November 7-8.30pm at the Council Chambers in Cardiff University.
Jim Stewart, public affairs and advocacy officer for Evangelical Alliance Wales said: “Conversion is often perceived as a taboo subject but as representatives of different faiths we need to lift the lid honestly and sensitively.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental value in the UK and as Christians we will defend anyone’s rights to choose and change their faith convictions, without fear or intimidation.
“All faiths in Wales will have converts in their communities. Yet converts can sometimes be vulnerable, adrift from the networks of their old faith community. They can sometimes be a minority within a minority.
“This event will be religiously-neutral in that no individual faith will be promoted – the aim will be to promote discussion and dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect”.
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