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: March 2018

The Church of Scotland and Brexit

How the Church, at home and abroad, is preparing for Britain’s exit from the European Union
‘There are just so many questions’: a Church elder based in Brussels talks about her concerns for the future in post-Brexit Europe

A Divine Gift

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson reflects on the benefits of humour

Faith and Frankenstein

The Rev David McCarthy reflects on the Christian messages of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, first published 200 years ago this year

Not posturing, but justice

Ron Ferguson considers the deeper messages of Lent

Words Matter

The Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning emphasises the importance of free speech and silence

The End of the Road

In the last of his series on people on the move in the Bible, the Rev Richard Baxter asks whether a journey’s end is really a new beginning

Climate change is a ‘moral issue’

A Zambian minister’s message to the developed world

Handling the Holy Word

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers considers one of the sensitive touchstones of Church life

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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