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.

Life and Work is now available as a digital edition for computer, tablet and smartphone. Subscribe from £11.99 for six months or buy a single issue for £1.99 from

Current issue: 2018 October

The Year of Young People
Thomas Baldwin reflects on how the Church of Scotland has marked the Year of Young People, and where it goes from here.
‘My Faith Permeates Everything I Write’
Jackie Macadam meets poet and author Kenneth Steven
Journeying Together With the Guild
The Church of Scotland Guilds three new UK-based partner projects
Gifts of the Land
In the season of harvest, Jackie Macadam discovers a number of churches making creative use of their property
The Woman of Sarepta
A new series from the Rev Dr Margaret Forrester on the unnamed women of the Bible, beginning with the widow who helps Elijah in 1 Kings 17.
NYA 2018
Seonaid Knox reports from the National Youth Assembly
Honest Conversations
John Clark explains the importance of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, the focus of a conference in Dundee in November
The Black Dog
The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers considers the impact of depression on the spirit.

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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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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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