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: September

Communion and the Church

Thomas Baldwin considers the place of communion in the Church of Scotland today

Will the Future have a Church?

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson finds hope for the future in church history
The Rev Dr Doug Gay reflects on feedback to his proposals for church reform

“I Sleep Very Well these Nights”

The Rev Iain May tells Jackie Macadam about the journey from high-flying banker to Edinburgh minister

Releasing Gifts

Catriona Munro, Clerk to this year’s National Youth Assembly, reports from the event

“We Were All Made Equal”

Jackie Macadam hears from women taking part in a conference celebrating female

Love in Action

Previewing CrossReach Week 2017

Catching up with God

The Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning asks  the church to engage with the General Assembly’s call to prayer

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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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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