Religious buildings can be, and usually are, regarded in a very 'tribal' and territorial way. Yet at its heart, the religious impulse (if it is to be saved from the destruction its distortion can so easily produce) is about discovering the universality of the divine in the midst of our particularities.
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond is this weekend launching a Scottish Inter-Faith Week, during which people from across the country are being invited to meet their neighbours and to build new friendships.
A Catholic church in Aberdeen facing closure will now remain open, thanks to community appeals and an influx of new parishioners from Poland. The Church is increasingly reliant on new migrant workers.
Catholic Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen is the latest church leader to appeal to Scotland’s Christians to write to their MPs in opposition to the planned renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Christian leaders across Britain are also calling for concerted debate and action.