Overview

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

We are now closed for the Christmas break and will re-open at 9.30am on 12th January 2015. If you need personal support for an urgent matter, please call Security on 0131 650 2257 and they will connect you to the on-call chaplain; see the link below for other support services over the holidays.

University Carol Service 2014 - recording

University Carol Service 2014

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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 above! (1hr 28min).

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.

Alternate Wednesdays, 3pm - 4.30pm (24th September, 8th & 22nd October, 5th & 19th November, 3rd & 17th December) in the Chaplaincy team room (upstairs), 1 Bristo Sq.

Exploring Our Faiths

creating a university

What Is The University For?

Our popular series of events on "What Is The University For?" usually runs once per semester - our most recent event was "Creating a University" on 10th November.

Attende Omolabake Fakunle has written an account of the event, linked here.

Thanks to Mathias Closset for the use of his photograph for the event poster.

A further event should follow next semester - watch this space for details.

Omolabake Fakunle's write-up of "Creating A University"

Spiritual practices for health and wellbeing

Information on communion services, yoga classes, mindfulness, prayer sessions etc. - mostly at lunchtimes

Prayers, Meditations and Spiritual Practice

Mindfulness Meditation sessions are run each Friday lunchtime in the Sanctuary. These are stand-alone sessions, not an ongoing course - you can turn up at any point during the term. Sessions start on 12th September, and are led by Dr Avinash Bansode.

Mindfulness Meditation

Holy Communion celebrated according to the Anglican tradition - Wednesday lunchtimes (restarting on 10th September).

Holy Communion

Multi-faith activities and meals

Multi-faith events take place throughout the semester, including "Exploring Our Faiths" which runs on some Wednesdays at 3pm (first meeting of 2015 is on 21st January). Click through for more details.

Multi-faith Events

Societies and groups

There are many student societies and groups who regularly meet in the Bristo Square Chaplaincy Centre.

Societies and groups


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:

EUMS and Sowete Melodic Voices

Members of Soweto Melodic Voices and Edinburgh University Music Society

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Camino pilgrimage - latest update

The Camino pilgrimage was a multi-faith walk along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, with six students from Edinburgh and six from North America, led by our Associate Chaplain, Ali Newell, from 1st-8th June. Over the summer, they've shared their experiences from the pilgrimage:

17th July: Ali Newell, Associate Chaplain: "There was something about walking together that invited conversation in an easy way, that allowed for space leading to unhurried explorations of our differences, shared visions and views of what makes for peace... The surprises and the spontaneous moments were part of the joy."

The Camino pilgrimage will form a central part of the University Service on 21st September, 11am at Greyfriars Kirk.

Camino pilgrimage blog at Heartbeat Journey

Spiritual Conversations: Living And Dying Well

Through all our "mini-deaths", we learn to live this life in freedom and to leave it in peace.

Led by Revd Dr Harriet Harris and Revd Dr MaryCatherine Burgess. This course has now finished for the semester.

Spiritual Conversations: Living And Dying Well


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


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