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 voice of the Church of Scotland.

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.

Our subscription service offers you the convenience of having Life and Work magazine delivered direct to your door or any digital device; you can also arrange a gift subscription. Free Gaelic supplements are also available.

Visit the Life and Work website for regular news and exclusive features, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Current issue: 2018 December

Life and Work December 2018
Christmas 2018
  • The Christians who will be working on Christmas Day
  • Chris Wigglesworth reflects on a personal journey to Bethlehem
  • The Moderator urges us to celebrate Christmas by reaching out to others
  • The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers urges us to focus on the core message of the Christmas story
  • The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester considers Christmas from the perspective of the innkeeper’s wife
  • Ron Ferguson argues the best Christmas gift would be justice for all
Shocking Knox
The two women at the helm of New College, Edinburgh
‘The Love of God Transcends Everything’
David McKee looks back on a study visit to the Holy Land
Czech Connections
An opportunity for Church of Scotland congregations to host ministers from abroad
The Very Rev Albert Bogle
The Sanctuary First minister reflects on leadership and nurture
John Hume
The history of Rutherglen and its churches

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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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