Events at and around the Chaplaincy - weekly classes and meetings, annual events and special occasions.

The Chaplaincy Centre on Bristo Square is open for drop-in every weekday; come in for tea and coffee (by donation) or to use our lunch facilities (microwave available), 9.30am-4pm each day.

A photo exhibition from Fair Trade will be showing 2nd-12th March in the Auditorium.

Exploring Our Faiths

A time to share from our different faiths and learn about our traditions: including our scriptures, spiritual practice, compassionate action, festivals, food, songs, prayers and values.

This coming week on 4th March at 3pm-4.30pm we will explore Paganism - a spirituality that connects strongly to the earth and nature.

This will be led by Yannick Lambert who comes to our sessions and is a student of Religious Studies, and Emilia Wersig, a student of Philosophy who is writing her dissertation on Deep Ecology.

Various Wednesdays, 3pm - 4.30pm (21st January, 4th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March and 1st April) in the Chaplaincy team room (upstairs), 1 Bristo Sq.

Multi-Faith Public Conversation

On 9th March 2015 the Multifaith Public Conversation will be on ‘Can Radical Compassion win the war on Violent Extremism?

Guest speakers will include: Yasmin Yar Mulbocus, formerly a member of a radical Islamist organization that is now banned in the UK and presently works to ‘Educate, Empower and Engage’ women to become proactive citizens in their communities; Jo Berry, daughter of Sir Antony Berry, who was killed in the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton (Jo has since met with Pat Magee, the former IRA activist responsible, over 100 times in a bid to create a more peaceful society); and Bjorn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler, a survivor of the 2011 right-wing extremist attacks in Norway who now works against extremism through writing, talks and filmmaking.

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Mindfulness workshop, 20th March

Edinburgh University Chaplaincy offers: a Forum and Workshop on Mindfulness with Dr Avinash Bansode ( & Associate Chaplain Ali Newell

Friday 20th March, 1pm –3pm, Rm 1 Chaplaincy, 1 Bristo Square, EH89AL

See below for more details:

Camas trip with Grassmarket Community members, 30th May - 5th June

A week-long trip to the Camas Centre (on Mull, part of the Iona Community) in May 2015 with members of the Grassmarket Community is now open for applications: see the file below for details, and contact Ali Newell ( with any enquiries. Apply by 30th March.

Camas 2015 (319.42 KB)

Indoor Labyrinth

Our Labyrinth Chaplain, Rev. Frances Burberry, will be running events on the following dates;

Thursday 5 March

Thursday 2 April

Upstairs in Room 1

11.15am to 2.45pm

(last walk is at 2.15pm)

All are welcome to attend and walk the labyrinth.

Gather Festival film screening

On Friday 20th March, during the Gather festival, there will be a film screening at 50 George Square at 6pm, led by Piyush Roy from the Hindu Society; the films will be "Doing Time Doing Vipassana" on meditation in Indian prisons, and "Spiritual Wanderings In India". At 8pm, after the films, there will be a talk with Rev Ali Newell (Associate Chaplain), Pt Vrajvihari Sharan (Hindu Belief Contact) and author Dr Abha Rodrigues. More details on the PDF below:

Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015

Our 2015 Camino Peace Pilgrimage will consist of 12 young adults from many religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds walking 100 miles/160 km of the ancient Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route together. The pilgrimage will take place 23rd-31st May 2015. Applications have now closed - thanks to all who applied! We'll be in touch soon.

Heartbeat Journey - Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015

STRESS CONTROL workshops - Tuesday evenings

Do you recognise these signs in yourself or someone close to you? Then come to a series of six free classes to listen and learn more. • Worry • Tiredness • Poor sleep • Feeling worthless • Panic attacks • Feeling on edge • Being tearful • Feeling irritable

Topics covered: Session 1 – What is stress and how does it affect us? Session 2 – Recognise and control the effects of stress on our body Session 3 – Challenging stressful thoughts Session 4 – Managing stress by controlling our actions Session 5 – Controlling panic Session 6 – Controlling sleep Don’t feel you just have to go on struggling with stress yourself! Learn proven techniques to manage stress and improve sleep.

Classes to be held at Edinburgh University 50 George Square EH8 9JY, Tues 24/2/2015 – Tues 31/3/2015, 6.30pm – 8pm

To find out more about Stress Control or book your place contact: Health in Mind • Tel: 0131 225 8508 • 10am – 4pm Email:

Regular lunchtime events

Mondays - Taizé in the Sanctuary, 1.10-1.40pm from 19th Jan to 30th March (except 16th Feb): Fair Trade soup restarts on 26th January (1-2pm).

Wednesdays - Holy Communion, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary (from 14th Jan)

Thursdays - curry lunch provided by Punjabi Junction, 12.30-1.30pm in the auditorium (by donation); Tai Chi, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary (both restart 15th Jan)

Fridays - Mindfulness, 1.10-1.50pm in the Sanctuary (restarts 16th Jan)

University Carol Service 2014 - recording

This year's Carol Service (7th Dec) featured the Edinburgh University Singers, Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers, the Salvation Army Edinburgh City Corps Band, and University Organist John Kitchen. The evening’s music included the world premiere of a piece in the style of Byrd, by music student James Ritzema, and also music by Widor, Handel, Willcocks and Tavener, and readings by students and staff from a wide variety of faiths. See the recording:

Edinburgh University Carol Service 2014 on YouTube

Soweto Melodic Voices

Thanks to Soweto Melodic Voices for a wonderful tour! Here are some highlights:

Review: "Soweto Melodic Voices have the advantage of a church acoustic at St John’s and boy do they use it, consuming the space with their massed voices. They begin with a processional requiem for Nelson Mandela, showcasing some superb soloists, and their power and grace in unison and harmony. Then the party kicks in as they re-enact the energy and clamour of South Africa’s first free elections, fit in multiple colourful costume changes and pull audience members on stage to dance with them before taking their unstoppable momentum to the streets." - ****,

"Prestonfield Primary School couldn’t have had a more exciting and uplifting start to the new school year thanks to the Soweto Melodic Voices Choir and Prestonfield House Hotel!... The concert raised over £2,000 in support of the choir’s visit to Edinburgh, thanks to the enormous generosity of our school community and Prestonfield House. The school is hugely inspired by the choir and is now looking to develop links with the primary school in Soweto where most of the choir members attended." Fiona Murray, Headteacher at Prestonfield Primary School

For more details, see the links below:

Events elsewhere in the University

Weddings and ceremonies

Weddings and other ceremonies can be organised with a chaplain. Please contact the Chaplaincy for more details.

Weddings and ceremonies