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.

Humanism And Christianity: Friends Or Foes?

Debating the Soul of 21st Century Scotland

May 23, 2015, 10:3012:30, St Andrews and St George’s West Church, Edinburgh

Chaired by Richard Holloway

Is Scotland still a Christian nation? Are Ministers redundant? Should religion be banned from schools? Does religion have a role in government? Is there any common ground between believers and non-believers?

With Humanist weddings at an all-time high, levels of belief plummeting, and continuing controversy over the role of the churches in schools and in local government, this event provides a forum for discussion and debate over the future of Humanism and Christianity in Scotland. There will be time for group discussion and Q&A, along with presentations from:

Tim Maguire – Humanist Chaplain of the University of Edinburgh

Rev Dr Russel Moffat – Author and Church of Scotland Minister

Gary McLelland – Policy and Public Affairs Officer of the Humanist Society of Scotland

Richard Holloway - Former bishop of Edinburgh and author

Liam Jerrold Fraser – Trainee Minister and specialist in Christian-Atheist relations

Thank You Tea

The first annual Thank You Tea went very well - thank you to all who came!

Designed by "What Is The University For?" at the Chaplaincy, this annual Thank You Tea lets you invite someone who has helped you during your time at University - students and staff are welcome to invite or be invited - and say thank you to them by bringing them for a celebratory tea. This inaugural event was on Thursday 7th May, 3-4.30pm in the Chaplaincy auditorium. We hope to run this again next academic year.

Click here for more details of the Thank You Tea.

Regular lunchtime events

Mondays - Midday Prayer, 12.45-1pm in the Sanctuary (restarting 20th April; last session 11th May)

Tuesdays - Yoga, 1.10-2pm in room 1 (restarting 28th April; last session 19th May)

Wednesdays - no events (Holy Communion is not happening during exam and revision time)

Thursdays - Tai Chi, 1.10-1.40pm in the Sanctuary (23rd April and 14th May ONLY)

Fridays - Mindfulness, 1.10-1.50pm in the Sanctuary (restarting 24th April: last session 15th May)

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

Thanks to all who applied for this! We now have ten students going along with members of the Grassmarket Community. Contact Ali Newell with any queries.

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!

Heartbeat Journey - Camino Peace Pilgrimage 2015

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:

Soweto Melodic Voices - more information

Soweto Melodic Voices - donate through JustGiving

Soweto Melodic Voices - fundraising blog

Soweto Melodic Voices at Prestonfield Primary School

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