The final Festival of Spirituality conversation and Civic Cafe, The Power of Youth and Football to heal a Divided City, proved extremely rewarding, writes Katie MacFadyen. The issue of dealing with sectarianism and bigotry is something that should involve all of us.
Even those who have little interest in football have probably found themselves occasionally touched by morbid fascination about the dramatic fall from grace (or at least glory and power) of Rangers Football Club -- an iconic part of Glasgow's and Scotland's social history -- and the huge public reaction it has created.
The nationalisms represented in the Eurovision Song Contest the European Football Championships and the Queen's Jubilee are of different shapes and levels of intensity, observes Graeme Smith, editor of the international journal Political Theology. What Christianity at its best offers is a vision of how we hold local commitments in a wider, plural context: because of Pentecost, in fact.
Today, while I play in a fundraising match at Dumbarton FC, representatives of Supporters Trust across the country are gathering at a conference entitled 'The Future of Scottish Football' at Hampden Park, Glasgow.