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: July 2016

'We are Carriers of the Best News'

Interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury

General Assembly 2016

11 pages of reports and pictures from the Assembly, fringe and Heart and Soul

From Animal Doctor to Charity Chief

Jackie Macadam meets Nancy Loucks, chief executive of the charity Families Outside

Ministers of the Future

Catching up with the three ministers we are following through training

The Assembly Lamp

Ron Ferguson receives a special gift from his son

'I Felt Like I Belonged'

The Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, Hannah Mary Goodlad, describes the part the gathering played in her faith journey

Biblical Poetry

The Rev Laurence Whitley shows how Jesus ensured his teaching was not forgotten

The Art of 'Good' Gossip

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson looks at the pros and cons of gossip

A 'Unique and Intriguing Church'

John R Hume looks at the history and architecture of a Clackmannanshire church

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

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