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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Current issue: August 2022

Life and Work August cover
The Legacy of Partition
This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Partition of India. The Church of Scotland’s Asia Secretary and representatives of the churches in the region reflect on its legacy and the work of churches in India and Pakistan today.
‘God has an immense sense of humour’
Jackie Macadam hears about the clown ministry of Claire Van Geete.
Edinburgh’s Festivals and the Church
As Edinburgh’s festivals return for their first full events since 2019, Thomas Baldwin speaks to the director of the Just Festival, and takes a look at the churches offering themselves as Fringe venues.
‘Every Christian is a Living Witness’
Thomas Baldwin meets the former Archbishop of York and chair of Christian Aid, John Sentamu.
Faith in Action
An official update from the Faith Action Programme.
Honesty in Laughter  
Ian Dunn, Editor of Scottish Catholic, reflects on the recent declaration of friendship between the Church of Scotland and the Catholic Church in Scotland, and suggests the true fruits of ecumenism may be learning to laugh at each other.
‘Faith is Individual’
In this month’s youth column, Bebhionn Paterson describes how working towards her Girls’ Brigade Queen’s Award led to a deeper faith.

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