I am in Aviemore with around 240 other Church of Scotland members along with folk from other churches listening to some of the most experienced thinkers and practitioners in the area of conflict resolution and mediation from both sides of the Atlantic, people like Ken Cloke, John Sturrock and Dave Brubaker.
We might be portrayed by some as a church divided. The truth is there is a huge amount of work going on to equip the membership and the leadership to work creatively on how we live with our differences.
In and out of the church, there is a great need to work on how to ensure that respect for one another as human beings is at the centre of how we relate and make decisions. In the end that is much more important than stories that only focus on polarising and dividing in a simplistic way.