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: October

Caring in Christ’s Name

As CrossReach Week approaches, Jackie Macadam profiles the work of the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland

‘Follow My Nose’

Interview with designer turned author Ethyl Smith

From Gender Justice to Fresh Expressions

The Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, Andrew McPherson, reports on the work carried out by this year’s delegates

An Online Life

The Church’s Head of Communications, Rob Flett, explains the benefits of social media to congregations and presbyteries

Hope in Death

Robin Taylor considers the role of faith in end of life attitudes

Swapping Stark Pews for Smart Phones

The Very Rev Dr Albert Bogle emphasises the need for change in communicating the core messages of Christianity

A Lonely Job

In the months of harvest, the Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr reflects on the challenges facing Scotland’s farming community

Divine Liberation

Ron Ferguson reflects on the limitless love of God

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