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: April 2016

Faith and Finance

Should the Church of Scotland divest from fossil fuels?

Interview with Charles Munn, elder, economics professor and convener of the Church's Special Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity

Two ministers reflect on past careers in the banking industry

The Privilege of Chaplaincy

The Rev Chris Kellock offers an insight into the life of a military chaplain

Changing Lives

The work of International Justice Mission

Bridging the Gap

Dr Murdo Macdonald shares stories of church-sponsored projects closing the digital divide

Creative Theology

Ron Ferguson argues that the Church of Scotland needs both conservatives and liberals

Unity of Church 'Of Fundamental Importance'

In his final column, the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison explains the importance of seeking unity

A Passion for Justice

Reflecting on a recent trip to Egypt, Hannah Mary Goodlad considers the plight of refugees and the need for tolerance

Image Over Word

The Rev Alastair Duncan considers the place and power of art in the Church today

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