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: January

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Scotland and Luther
Luther and the World
The Church of Scotland member involved in the Europe-wide commemoration

The ‘New Guild’

A new series looking at innovation and change within the Church of Scotland Guild

Help Lead the Way

John Sturrock highlights the importance of healing in conflict

Where are the Men?

Stephen McGuire and Murdo Macdonald explain with the Church’s Society, Religion and Technology Project has partnered with a Christian charity to consider the issue of why it is so difficult to get men into church

The Unlimited Power of God

The Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan shows how prison escapes are a metaphor for the power of God

Compassion in Action

Sandy Sneddon reflects on a unique project that was founded by the Church of Scotland in Sri Lanka

Improving Healthcare in Malawi

A Church of Scotland mission partner in Africa talks about the highs and lows of operating a hospital in Malawi

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords – all for just £2.50

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