Life and Work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 140 years, it has established itself as the voice of the Church of Scotland.

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.

Our subscription service offers you the convenience of having Life and Work magazine delivered direct to your door or any digital device; you can also arrange a gift subscription. Free Gaelic supplements are also available.

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During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine continues to be published and distributed to our loyal readers. If you need to contact our team, please email editorial enquiries to or all other enquiries to

Current issue: May 2021

Life and Work May 2021 cover
The Privilege of Democracy
Thomas Baldwin explains why churches have a key role to play in this month’s elections to the Scottish Parliament
‘A Cherished Part of the Church’s Tradition’
The Rt Hon Baron Wallace of Tankerness QC looks ahead to his year as Moderator-Designate to the 2021 General Assembly with Lynne McNeil, as he encourages elders to serve more widely in the Church of Scotland
Assembly 2021
Timetable and reports to this year’s General Assembly, which will be held online
God’s Table
The first in a new series of Bible studies by the Very Rev Dr Derek Browning, focusing on hospitality
Kirk Session Records Launched Online
More than a million pages of local Church of Scotland records have been published online for the first time
New Guild Partner Projects Unveiled
The six new three-year projects adopted by the Church of Scotland Guild
Our Planet is Changing
Val Brown of Christian Aid Scotland introduces the campaign for this year’s Christian Aid Week

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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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