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

150 Years of Scripture Union

Jackie Macadam reflects on a significant anniversary year for Scripture Union

General Assembly

10 pages of reports and pictures from the Assembly, Fringe and Heart and Soul

An Offshore Parish

Interview with the Rev Gordon Craig, chaplain to the UK oil and gas industry

‘Rumours of God’s death are greatly exaggerated’

Despite surveys and media reports, Ron Ferguson believes faith is not dead

‘Christians must take heed’

The Very Rev Albert Bogle urges the Church to learn more about emerging virtual reality technology

A Characterful Church

John R Hume considers the roots of Pitlochry Parish Church of Scotland

The New Guild

Marian Macintyre describes how Shetland Presbyterial Council has consistently reformed its work with 10 Guilds on the islands

God’s Detours

In the fourth part of his series focussing on people on the move, the Rev Richard Baxter describes how a change of direction can turn into a blessing

Building on Strong Foundations

The Rev Lezley Stewart describes the value of building on the foundations of Jesus

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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