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: August 2014 

The Centenary of the First World War

R D Kernohan examines attitudes within Scottish churches to the war
Frank Bardgett looks at the wartime diaries of evangelist D P Thompson
The Very Rev Prof Iain Torrance introduces resources marking the centenary
How young people are leading a community in exploring the war’s local impact
The influence of the Psalms on sermons preached at the outbreak of the war
The Big Question: how should the war be remembered?

Prayers for the Referendum

As Scotland stands on the brink of its biggest political decision in a generation, the conveners of the Church of Scotland’s key committees offer their own prayers

Funerals for the Forgotten

Jackie Macadam learns more about ‘public health’ funerals for people who have no friends or family to arrange their final journey

Peace by Any Means

Thomas Baldwin meets the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, who helped protect more than 2000 civilians when fighting broke out last year

A New Kind of Journey?

The Rev Dr Robin Hill considers the ethical dilemmas posed by the emerging foodbank culture

Travel the Same Road

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson encourages us to journey with Jesus

Extraordinary and Exotic

John R Hume praises the parish church of a planned town in the Highlands.

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