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: February 2015

The Challenge of our Age: Dementia and the Church
The number of people with dementia in Scotland is set to rise by 75% in the next 25 years. Jackie Macadam discovers some of the Church of Scotland projects trying to help.

Reforming the Kirk
The Rev Dr Doug Gay considers the challenges of church growth and says lessons can be learned from the Church of England.

'He Went About, Doing Good'
W Ross Napier describes the short life of Donald Mitchell, the first Church of Scotland missionary in India.

Faith Rewarded
Jackie Macadam meets the author of a new book about St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem.

A Rainbow of Hope
The Moderator calls for the Church to create transformative change.

The Spirit of Generosity
The Rev Alan W Gibson emphasises the importance of the offering during worship and explains how the money given is spent.

Atheism and the Church
The Rev Russel Moffat considers the impact of a decade of 'new atheism'.

Closing the Digital Divide
Alan Rodden describes how a partnership project involving the Church of Scotland is opening the online world to all.

Our One Foundation
The Rev Professor David Fergusson emphasises that we can only know God through the Jesus of the gospels.

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