Life and Work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 130 years, it has established itself as the pre-eminent voice of the Church of Scotland. You can read more about its history here.

Though firmly rooted in the affairs of the Kirk, it also aims to cover a broad range of subjects of interest to church-goers across the spectrum from international affairs and British political and social issues to science, ethics and the arts. Each monthly issue includes a forum for views on current social and moral issues, a monthly meditation and regular articles on the spiritual side of life, reviews of the latest books, videos and Christian resources, and regular features on the Church worldwide. Find out how to take out a subscription.

The current issue: March 2015

Biblical Mothers
As Mothering Sunday approaches, Dr Helen Bond examines the role of mothers in the Bible, while Jackie Macadam looks back at the history of and religious roots of the day.
Ron Ferguson considers the role of Mary, mother of Jesus.

'Mother of all the Peoples'
Lynne McNeil dips into the archives to recall the life and death of Mary Slessor, one of Scotland's greatest missionaries, who passed away 100 years ago this year.

Reforming the Kirk
In the final part of his series, the Rev Dr Doug Gay emphasises the need for the winds of change in the Church of Scotland.

Science and the Church
Dr Andrew Torrance highlights the work of a group seeking to bridge the gap between science and faith.

'A Beautiful Gift'
Thomas Baldwin encourages the Rev Peter Johnston to 'Spill the Beans' on a worship publication that is finding a growing audience.

'We Are On the Same Team'
The Moderator calls for respect in disagreements in the Church.

Discerning God's call
The Rev Professor David Fergusson considers the subject of vocation.

Speaking to the Heart
The Very Rev Dr James Simpson highlights some of the secrets of effective preaching.

The 'Parliament Parish'
John R Hume unearths the history of a Hebridean church.

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