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: January 2015

Only the Lonely…

Jackie Macadam explores the issues surrounding loneliness and considers whether faith can play a part.

A Decade of Ministry and a Decade of Membership

The Rev Dr Doug Gay looks ahead to the proposed Decade for Ministry.
The Moderator offers a ten year membership challenge to Church of Scotland.

Major Milestone for Churches Housing Group

Thomas Baldwin looks at the history of Scottish Churches Housing Action, which celebrates its 20th birthday this month.

Renewing Worship

Neil Gardner and Douglas Galbraith celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Church Service Society.

Hidden Assets

The Rev Jim Jack reflects on the creative use of church glebes.

An Authentic Voice

The Rev Professor David Fergusson considers the challenges of a passage from Luke's Gospel.

The Mystery of God

The Rev Allan McCafferty outlines the artistic and spiritual value of stained glass.

A Missionary Childhood

Jackie Macadam learns how Merryn Glover's life as the child of missionaries in Nepal influenced her debut novel.

Plus all the regular columnists, letters, reviews and crosswords – all for just £2.20

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