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: June

Making a Difference

How church-led youth projects are changing lives in some of Scotland’s poorest communities.

Rooted in Faith

The life of the new Director of the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland.

General Assembly 2017

More reports to this year’s meeting.

Not Just Another Management Tool

An overview of the Future Focus programme which helps congregations to develop their vision and priorities.

‘A Bridge Over Troubled Waters’

Ron Ferguson considers the life of St Magnus of Orkney, who was martyred 900 years ago this year.

‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’

The success of a pilot scheme aiming to include deaf and hard of hearing people in worship.

What We Leave Behind

The Rev Lezley Stuart encourages us to believe we can leave behind a positive legacy.

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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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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