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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The current issue: January 2018

Celebrating Young People

2018 has been designated the Year of Young People in Scotland. Thomas Baldwin learns how the Church of Scotland is taking part.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Jackie Macadam interviews a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, now living in Scotland
Thomas Baldwin explores the history of Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27.

Bridging Generations

Lynne McNeil learns more about intergenerational work in the Church.

More than a Job

Jackie Macadam meets Christian Aid’s country manager for Bolivia

Bridges of Kindness and Faith

The Moderator of the General Assembly urges readers to build bridges to connect with others.

Not Nothing

In the first of a new series of meditations, the Very Rev John Chalmers encourages us to encounter God in silence.

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.

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Life and Work readers receive a 10% discount on Saint Andrew Press books, resources and stationery.

The Life and Work team wishes all readers a happy and blessed christmas and a peaceful new year.

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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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