Inter Faith has a role to play in community cohesion.
Diverse communities sometimes know very little of one another and this can lead to suspicion and mistrust. This needs to be broken down if Shetland is to continue moving towards an increasingly just and peaceful society.
Legislation on discrimination and hate crimes recognise religious hatred as a blight on society which must be healed.
New equality laws make religious discrimination in the work place illegal. Religious rights and responsibilities are now being recognised by wider society.
Both the UK and Scottish parliaments are committed to involving faith communities in consultations and civic events.
There is now wide recognition in society of the good work that faith communities can do.
All the above is greatly strengthened when faith communities work together.