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: December 2014 

Following in the footsteps of Mary and Joseph
Iain Connon walks the Nativity Trail from Nazareth to Bethlehem

'God-shaped, angelic and Revolutionary'
Leanne Clelland of ALTERnativity offers a fresh look at Christmas, with a focus on women, angels and revolution

A Life-Changing Moment
Ten years on from the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, the Rev John Purves, who was minister in Sri Lanka a the time, reflects on the impact of the disaster

Ministry on the Margins
Jackie Macadam meets the Rev Dr Margaret Fowler and learns about her unique ministry in Jamaica

Follow the Money
In the latest part of his 'reforming the church' series, the Rev Dr Doug Gay considers questions of finance

A Missionary's Legacy
Marion Francis, Chair of The Leprosy Mission Scotland, sees the work supported by the charity in India today.

A New Island Church
John R Hume focuses on a new church which will carry forward the stones of faith in Orkney

A Silent Place
The Rev Professor David Fergusson reflects on the need for contemplation within the busyness of daily lives

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