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: October 2014 

Caring for Creation
Thomas Baldwin examines the relationship between faith and stewardship of nature

Reforming the Kirk
In the first of a six-part series, the Rev Dr Doug Gay outlines the challenges that lie ahead for the Church of Scotland

Blessing 'the Animals Who Grace Our Lives'
Jackie Macadam looks at the growing numbers of 'blessing of the animals' services

The Radical Behind the 'Ragged Schools'
Jackie Macadam learns about the man who helped educate the poorest in Victorian Scotland

An Act of Liberation
The Very Rev Professor David Fergusson considers Jesus' message in healing the bleeding woman

All Are Welcome
The Very Rev Dr James Simpson urges congregations to become more accepting and inclusive

A Narcissistic Culture?
Ron Ferguson reflects on the issues created by the cult of 'celebrity' and technology

'Many Generations of Christians'
John R Hume visits a Perthshire church with links to early Christianity

Plus all the regular columnists, letters, reviews and crosswords – all for just £2.

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One of the magazine's most important elements is reader feedback. Our letters pages are among the liveliest in the magazine business, and are very revealing about general attitudes both within and beyond the Church. We actively encourage letters, but do ask that they are kept succinct (and not without humour), so we can publish as many as possible.

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