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: May 2015

Christian Aid Turns 70

Jackie Macadam meets the Rev Kathy Galloway, head of Christian Aid Scotland, and learns more about the charity's anniversary.

General Assembly 2015

Interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Dr Angus Morrison.

Reports to the Assembly.

Heart and Soul preview.

Assembly timetable and Fringe programme.

Pentecostal Birthright

Ron Ferguson calls for a return of the original Pentecostal vision.

Service and War

Lynne McNeil discovers the cost of the Second World War to the Church of Scotland.

The Quintinshill Firestorm

Jackie Macadam reports on the role of churches in commemorating the centenary of a rail tragedy that cost 216 lives.

In Praise of Pilgrimage

Muriel Armstrong reports on the formation of a new body charged with promoting pilgrimage in Scotland.

Stopped in My Tracks

The Rev Gordon Jamieson shares a personal encounter with stress in the ministry.

Rediscovering Family

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson calls on the Kirk to be family again.

Plus all the regular columnists, letters, reviews and crosswords – all for just £2.20

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One of the magazine's most important elements is reader feedback. Our letters pages are among the liveliest in the magazine business, and are very revealing about general attitudes both within and beyond the Church. We actively encourage letters, but do ask that they are kept succinct (and not without humour), so we can publish as many as possible.

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