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: November

The Beauty of Wood

The significance of trees and wood, inside and outside churches. Interview with a chartered forester who plants trees in Africa


The Moderator of the General Assembly offers a personal perspective on Remembrance, and a Remembrance prayer. Lynne McNeil considers changing attitudes to Remembrance

From Armenia to Nazareth

Morgan Jamieson highlights the history of EMMS Nazareth, sister organisation of EMMS International, and its humble roots through a young Armenian doctor

‘Go In Joy’

The Guild Gathering in Dundee

Celebrating Interfaith in Scotland

A preview of Scottish Interfaith Week, November 13-20. Ephraim Borowski, Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, considers what it’s like to be Jewish in Scotland today.

‘Remember Us’

The Rev Jill Clancy and the Rev Bill Taylor look ahead to Prisoners’ Week, November 20-27.

Waste and Beauty

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson highlights how love can be wasteful and beautiful

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