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: November 2014 

Remembrance 2014
Last letters home from those who perished in the First World War
Remembrance Prayer from the Moderator of the General Assembly
Story by Kenneth Steven

Reforming the Kirk
In the second part of his series reflecting on the future of the Church of Scotland, the Rev Dr Doug Gay calls for a 'creative conversation'

Tears and Pride
The Rt Rev John Chalmers reflects on his mixed feelings watching his son take part in the Invictus Games for injured service personnel

Faith in the Face of Disaster
Twelve months on from the Clutha Vaults helicopter crash, Jackie Macadam meets the chaplains who supported emergency staff at the scene

Guild Annual Meeting
Lynne McNeil reports from the gathering in Dundee, which was addressed by the Moderator and the artist John Lowrie Morrison (JoLoMo)

A New Call
David McCarthy reports on the first year of the Church of Scotland's partnership with Fresh Expressions

'Reach Out and Listen'
The Rev Derek Hughes and Rosie Addis ask how churches can reach out to the deaf

Remember Syria
The Rev Maggie Lane describes how Tearfund is helping Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon

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