Events at and around the Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Centre on Bristo Square is open as normal from 15th September; come in for tea and coffee (by donation) or to use our lunch facilities (microwave available), 9.30am-4pm each day.

Monday 20th: Fairtrade Soup, 1-2pm in the auditorium (by donation)

Tuesday 21st: God and Jesus in Christian and Muslim perspectives, 1-2pm in the auditorium: "A discussion between Prof. Miroslav Volf (Yale Divinity School) and Prof. Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh) on their books 'Allah: a Christian response', and 'Christians, Muslims, and Jesus’. There can hardly be a more fundamental question for Christians and Muslims than whether or not they believe in the same God. And what about Jesus: both Christians and Muslims have a profound respect for Jesus, but they appear to have radically different views of his status. Over the centuries there has been much antagonism and polemic about these questions, but in recent decades a much more positive dialogue has begun about them, and in this session two of the major contributors to this dialogue discuss their recent publications devoted to these topics. Chaired by Prof Hugh Goddard, the Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh. This event is FREE and no reservation is necessary; just come along on the day!"

Wednesday 22nd: Exploring Our Faiths, 3-4.30pm in the team room: exploring Sikhism - Equality, Fighting oppression, Charity. Led by Manni from the Sikh Society.

Thursday 23rd: Capacitar Tai Chi 1.10-1.40pm (Sanctuary), curry lunch 12.30-1.30pm (auditorium)

Friday 24th: Mindfulness Meditation 1.10-1.50pm (Sanctuary)

Sunday 26th: multifaith meal and Soul Cinema: meal 5-6pm, film showing of "Banaras" 6-8pm. Some food will be provided, but please bring a (vegetarian) dish to share if you can.

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Drop-in presentations and workshops at Counselling

Short introductions to topics, with a further resources pack offered at the end of the sessions for those who want to follow-up with further information.

Sessions are facilitated by members of the Student Counselling Service, and open to all students. Not bookable - turn up on the day.

In Rooms 3.16/17 on the Third Floor of the Main Library, George Square: all start promptly at 4pm unless otherwise stated.

Mon 20 Oct: Nobody's perfect: When your best is good enough

Tue 21 Oct: Taking the panic out of presentations

Wed 22 Oct: Mind the (confidence) gap: Assertiveness

Drop-in presentations and workshops at Counselling

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

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. Tuesday 7th October: "reaching freedom", 1.10-1.50pm.

Spiritual Conversations: Living And Dying Well

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 is running on alternate Wednesdays from 24th September, 2-3pm. Click through for more details.

Multi-faith Events

What's The University For?

"What's The University For?" is a series of talks and workshops co-ordinated by the Chaplaincy on the purpose of the University, involving students and staff at all levels. The most recent meeting discussed "Can The University Afford To Have Values?" in February 2014. Details of more events coming soon.

What's The University For?

University Service

Thank you to all who attended this year's University Service (Sunday 21st September) which was a multi-faith celebration, with dance, music and film.

Make a date in your diary for this year's Carol Service (which is also multi-faith) on 7th December 2014, in the McEwan Hall!

Societies and groups

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

Societies and groups

Camino - 5th June - smaller

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

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

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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