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: June 2016

"I see the BB as my 'ministry'"

Interview with Bill Stephenson, Scottish leader of the Boys' Brigade

Freedom to S'up

The spoon invented by a Church of Scotland elder, which is transforming mealtimes for people with disabilities

General Assembly 2016

Another four pages rounding up reports to the assembly

Oxford's Secret

The work of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

A Fragile Democracy

The role of a Church of Scotland partner in rebuilding peace in Sri Lanka

The Sound of Silence

Hannah Mary Goodlad describes the lessons drawn from working with deaf children among the impoverished in Tanzania

The Legacy of Today's Church of Scotland

The Rev Alastair Duncan considers what the Church of tomorrow might receive from the Church of today

Somme Commemoration

How an Edinburgh church will be a key part of this summer's ceremonies marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

Do You Hear What I Hear?

A new service for the deaf and hard of hearing from a Motherwell church

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

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