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: Novemeber 2015

Letters from the Front
In the month of Remembrance we look back at the letters sent by Church of Scotland chaplains to Life and Work during the First World War.

Ministers of the Future
An introduction to three people studying for the ministry, whose progress we will be following in the coming year.

A Global Challenge
Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland's climate change officer, looks ahead to the Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Bold and Strong
Lynne McNeil reports from the Annual Gathering of the Church of Scotland Guild

'I Pray That They Find Peace'
The Rev Aaron Stevens, minister of St Columba's Church of Scotland in Budapest, gives a powerful account of this summer's refugee crisis in the Hungarian capital and his church's efforts to help.

Comfort and Trouble
The Rev Dr Martin Fair considers the uncomfortable messages of James about hoarding wealth.

A Recovery of Joy
The Moderator highlights why the challenges facing today's Church present a new opportunity for mission.

A Thin Place
The roots of a 25-year pilgrimage to Assisi, led by a Church of Scotland Minister

A Starting Point for Mission
A memorial garden created by an Edinburgh church on the banks of the Union Canal.

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