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 2015

The Pilgrim Path
Jackie Macadam discovers an upsurge in pilgrimage, both at home and overseas, whilst a Fife congregation has produced its own one-year pilgrimage tool.

'We Have Fought for the Light Against Spiritual Darkness'
On the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, Lynne McNeil delves into the Life and Work archives'.

'Not Like Another Death'
Thomas Baldwin considers male suicide and discovers how one church is supporting families affected by the issue.

Sure and Stedfast
The Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan highlights the importance of the Boys' Brigade in the life of the Church of Scotland.
In the Shadow of Knox
Jane Dawson reflects on the diverse and complex ministry of John Knox.
'Stripped of Dignity'
Hazel Watson explains why Scotland is not immune to the issue of human trafficking.

'Children are So Original and Open'
Jackie Macadam learns about the inspiration behind the work of children's author and storyteller Bob Hartman.

From Tintoretto to Titian
Chris Holme considers the religious history of Venice – and the treasure trove that awaits visitors.

Grasping the Nettle
In his first column as Moderator, the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison emphasises the importance of a new organisation tackling the science and faith debate

A Ministry of Tea
How a Mull minister's tea found its way to the White House.

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