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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Life and Work: June 2018

Abstinence and Addiction

Jackie Macadam charts the history of abstinence in the Church of Scotland and examines the continuing work with addicts at home and overseas.

‘I Love What I Do’

Interview with Ann Lyall DCS, a deacon who works with the homeless and people dealing with addiction.

Somebody’s Child

Stewart Lowe describes his encounters with homelessness on the streets of Edinburgh.

General Assembly

Summaries of reports to this year’s Assembly.

Teachers Who Inspire

Ron Ferguson reflects on inspiring teachers and celebrates the 90th birthday of Professor Bill Shaw.

A Change of Mindset

The Very Rev Albert Bogle urges congregations to give permission to change.

The Medicine of Meditation

The Rev Scott McKenna examines the miracle of Moses and the burning bush.

True Holiness

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers explains why holiness is about who we are.

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.

Special offer

Life and Work readers receive a 10% discount on Saint Andrew Press books, resources and stationery with the code LWOFF17

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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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