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.

Artwork from the Holocaust Memorial Trust Committee (a small student group ) exploring the theme of ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’ is on display in the Chaplaincy auditorium 28th-30th January, supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Nature and sustainability workshop at Pishwanton

A two-day nature and sustainability workshop at Pishwanton, Thurs 19th Feb to Fri 20th Feb (overnight)

Creative Environmental Education – Outdoors, at Pishwanton Centre near Edinburgh

Open to Edinburgh University students and staff. Offered by the Chaplaincy, and supported by Chaplaincy, Social Responsibility & Sustainability and EUSA.

More details and how to apply

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.

The theme of our discussion for Wednesday 4th Feb (3pm in the team room) is Divinity in Hinduism - Concept & Representation.

Hinduism is always portrayed as the religion of 330,000,000 Gods and Goddesses. How can this be rationalised in theology and philosophy? Has this been accurately portrayed? In this short discussion we will focus on the Concept of Divinity in Hinduism; both in how it manifests in the day-to-day life of ordinary Hindus, in popular culture and also in the scriptural sources.

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.

Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015 - applications now open!

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. Young adults (roughly between the ages of 20-40) with a special interest in multi-faith spirituality, environmentalism, or peace activism are invited to apply.

The pilgrimage will take place 23rd-31st May 2015, and the deadline for applications is 10th February 2015 (the deadline has been extended!); please see the page for further details and the link to the application form.

Heartbeat Journey - Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015

Indoor Labyrinth

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

Thursday 5 February

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.

Breaking Barriers

Bringing together young Christians, Muslims and Jews in Scotland to discuss scripture and learn more about each others' beliefs. Join us for this special half-day conference reflecting on scriptural approaches to "Justice, Reconciliation and Forgiveness". Sunday 22nd Feb, 1.45-6pm, at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 19 George Square. Download the brochue for further information:

To book a place, fill in the form at

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, and 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. 

The University of Edinburgh Gifford Lecture Series 2014/15: post-lecture discussion at the Chaplaincy

This year's Gifford Lectures are by Professor Jeremy Waldron, on ‘One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality’.

26 January - 5 February 2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pm in the Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Tickets for the lectures can be booked on-line:

The Right Reverend Brian Smith, former Bishop of Edinburgh, will facilitate a discussion in the Team Area of the Chaplaincy Centre (upstairs) in Bristo Square on Thursday 5 February 2015 at 7.30pm, following Professor Waldron's final lecture. No booking is required for attendance at this discussion – all welcome.​

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