Chaplaincy

Events

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

The Chaplaincy is now closed for the summer. If you need to contact a Chaplain urgently, please call Security on 0131 650 2257 and they will connect you to the on-call Chaplain.

Chaplaincy staff are still available by phone and email.

For other support services over the summer, see our Support page.

Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015

Our 2015 Camino Peace Pilgrimage consisted 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. Find poetry, photos and an account of the journey here:

Day One

Day Two

Santillana Del Mar

Camino Poetry

Day Three

A Norwegian blessing

Day Four

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

Thanks to all who applied for this! We had a highly successful trip with ten students and ten members of the Grassmarket Community Project. Photos can be seen here.

Regular lunchtime events (during term-time)

Mondays - Midday Prayer, 12.45-1pm in the Sanctuary

Tuesdays - Yoga, 1.10-2pm in room 1

Wednesdays - Holy Communion, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary

Thursdays - Mindfulness, 1.10-1.50pm in the Sanctuary

Fridays - Tai Chi, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary

(note that Tai Chi is now on Fridays and Mindfulness on Thursdays - swapped since last year!)

These will mainly recommence in the week beginning 20th September 2015.

Events elsewhere in the University

University events calendar

The Alwaleed Centre's events page

Weddings and ceremonies

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

Weddings and ceremonies

 

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." - ****, wow247.co.uk

"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:

Soweto Melodic Voices - more information

Soweto Melodic Voices - donate through JustGiving

Soweto Melodic Voices - fundraising blog

Soweto Melodic Voices at Prestonfield Primary School