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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The current issue: October

A Living Church

In the first of a three-part series, the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers outlines the case for reform amid the challenges of secularism

From Abandoned Baby to Damehood

Jackie Macadam hears about the life of author and charity worker Katharine Liston

New Charge Developments - Where Are They Now?

As two former new charge developments are elevated to full status this year, Thomas Baldwin looks at the impact of the NCD programme

Scotland's Reformation Town

The role of St Andrews in Reformation Day celebrations on October 31

The Abundance of God's Earth

The Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning reflects on the gifts of Harvest

'Christianity Has to do With Love'

Sandy Forsyth considers the impact of the mission and ministry of the Rev Tom Allan – the subject of a new book focussing on the minister and his peers

Journeying With God

The Rev Richard Baxter explains why decisions made on a journey also impact on others

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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There is also a free Gaelic supplement available. You can read it in the Gaelic supplement section of the Life in Work website.

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