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.

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Current issue: 2018 July

Life and Work magazine cover July 2018
70 Years of the NHS
Caring for the Whole Person: the timeless role of hospital chaplains. Interview with the Rev Sheila Mitchell, Programme Director for Health and Social Care Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in NHS Education for Scotland
Assembly 2018
10 pages of reports and pictures from this year's General Assembly, the Fringe and Heart and Soul.
The Piping Padre
Andrew G Ralston tells the extraordinary story of Lauchlan MacLean Watt, a Church of Scotland minister, Moderator of the General Assembly, lecturer, poet, novelist, literary critic and military chaplain in the First World War.
What is Happiness?
Ron Ferguson considers what it takes to make people happy.
A Place to Call Home
The Very Rev Albert Bogle considers the second leg of the journey following Christ: beyond the cross, the journey home.
Seeking Answers
The Rev Scott McKenna considers the importance of encounter with the Risen Christ in the mystery of the sacraments.
An Outstanding 'Gothick' Church
John R Hume highlights an architectural treasure in Aberdeenshire.
Bursting Bubbles
The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers urges readers to travel with 'an open and loving heart' and avoid 'bubble living'.

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