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: May 2018

50 Years of Women in Ministry

The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester reflects on the journey which led to the ordination of women to the ministry in the Church of Scotland; and four female ministers reflect on their journey.

General Assembly 2018

Lynne McNeil meets the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Susan Brown.
Reports, Assembly and Fringe timetables, Heart and Soul preview.

Dark Saturday

Ron Ferguson explains why there is much to learn in the journey from Easter to Pentecost.

Mission Mavericks

The Very Rev Albert Bogle appeals to readers to inspire others to walk through ‘open doors’.

Generosity is Still Remembered

John R Hume considers the history of a well-known church in central Glasgow.

Two Halves

The Rev Scott McKenna considers the creation narrative of Genesis.

Minute Vacations

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers appeals to readers to arrange ‘holy moments’.

Plus news, reviews, letters, registers and crosswords

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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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