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

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University of Edinburgh Christmas Carol Service

The University of Edinburgh Christmas Carol Service will take place on

Sunday 6th December, at St Giles's Cathedral at 6pm.

Doors will open at 5.15pm, please be seated by 5.40pm.

Due to the popularity of this event, we cannot guarantee seating.



Regular events (during term-time)

The building is open from 9.30am to 9pm most days during term-time, with tea and coffee available by donation from 9.30am-4pm.

Mondays - Gaelic Prayers, 1.10-1.40 (every 2 weeks starting 21st Sept) and Taizé, 1.10-1.40pm (every 2 weeks starting 28th Sept), both in the Sanctuary

Tuesdays - Yoga, 1.10-2pm in room 1; Spiritual Conversations (see below), 1.10-1.50pm in the team area (starting 2nd October)

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

Thursdays - Mindfulness, 1.10-1.50pm in the Sanctuary (may be upstairs if numbers are high; check the board to find out)

Fridays - Tai Chi, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary (may be upstairs if numbers are high; check the board to find out)

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

Spiritual Conversations: Living And Dying Well

Following last year's successful course, this will run on Tuesday afternoons, 1.10-1.50pm from 2th October to 1st December inclusive, in the team area. You are welcome to bring your lunch, and drinks and biscuits are provided.

Spiritual Conversations: further details

Exploring Our Faiths And Values 2015-16

This will take place 3-4.30pm on Wednesdays 23rd Sept, 30th Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 28th Oct, 11th Nov, 25th Nov, 9th Dec and 16th Dec.

Exploring Our Faiths and Values: further details

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.

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 in 2014! 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:

Soweto Melodic Voices - more information

Soweto Melodic Voices - donate through JustGiving

Soweto Melodic Voices - fundraising blog

Soweto Melodic Voices at Prestonfield Primary School