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: September 2014 

Decision Day: September 18
Focus on the independence referendum and the road ahead for Scotland, with contributions from both sides of the debate and the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office.

The Real Winner
As the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland, the Very Rev Dr James Simpson reflects on the links between golf and faith.

'An Authentic Spiritual Experience'
The Moderator emphasises the need to show that belief in science and God are not mutually exclusive.

A Community Investment
Jackie Macadam highlights the work of Scottish Churches Housing Action in turning redundant church property into affordable housing.

'The Kirk's Best-Kept Secret'
Jackie Macadam meets Dr Sally Bonnar, Convener of the Church's Social Care Committee.

Flagging Up the Links
David Pott highlights the links between the flag of Jamaica and a Church of Scotland minister and introduces a new project building on the historic links between Scotland and the island.

The Canvas Town Church
John R Hume highlights the significance of a church in an east coast holiday town.

A Journey of Faith
Interview with the author of a new book about the Scottish missionary Jane Haining, who died in Auschwitz 60 years ago this year.

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