We're open from 9.30am-9pm most weekdays - drop in for tea and coffee (available until 4pm by donation), bring your lunch, or just sit and chill out - and we often have events on in the evenings. After 5pm, the main auditorium is usually in use, but the upstairs library area is still open.
On Mondays there is Fair Trade Soup in the auditorium - by donation.
On Thursdays curry and rice are provided by Punjabi Junction - by donation.
To see which societies are meeting, consult the Chaplaincy noticeboard each day. (The Chaplaincy is closed on Saturdays and most Sundays.)
Exploring Our Faiths - multi-faith discussion group, every other Wednesday in the team area. Next meeting 12th March (Harriet Harris, Christian) then 19th March (Satnam Dusanj and Trishna Singh, Sikh).
Gather Festival - a brand new festival celebrating culture and community on campus at the University of Edinburgh.
We're sending recording engineers to Soweto to make a CD for Soweto Melodic Voices at the end of March, and to give them equipment and training to make their own CDs afterwards. If you'd like to support this, see below for links to donate to Soweto Melodic Voices.
Green Living Festival
Soweto Melodic Voices performing at the Edinburgh Fringe
In August 2014, Soweto Melodic Voices will be visiting Edinburgh again to perform at the Just Festival, and the Chaplaincy will be supporting this wonderful choir from South Africa. They'll be selling CDs this year, which are being recorded at the end of March. Support them through JustGiving (any size of donation) and you'll get two free songs to download!
For more details, see the links below:
Information on communion services, yoga classes, mindfulness, prayer sessions etc. - mostly at lunchtimes
Mindfulness Meditation sessions are run each Friday lunchtime in the Sanctuary, and on Thursday afternoons in the Main Library.
Holy Communion celebrated according to the Anglican tradition - Wednesday lunchtimes
"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?" and was chaired by Susan Deacon, VP Corporate Engagement - 5pm, Wednesday 26th February. Details of more events coming soon.
There are many student societies and groups who regularly meet in the Bristo Square Chaplaincy Centre.
Multi-faith events take place throughout the semester, including "Exploring Our Faiths" with speakers from several different religions every other Wednesday afternoon (from 15th January onwards).
Professor Oddbjørn Leirvik - Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Norway, Wednesday 19 March, 6pm. "What are the achievements of Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Norwegian context, and how should one understand the relation between confrontational and dialogical attitudes?" Please book tickets on Eventbrite, link below.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 6.30-9pm, Sunday 23rd March - a special screening of Mira Nair's 2013 film to mark Islam Awareness Week 2014. Followed by a discussion with Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed (iSyllabus), Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies, University of Edinburgh) Dr Thomas Pierret (Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, University of Edinburgh) and Professor Hugh Goddard (Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh). Organised in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Film Society. Please book tickets at the Eventbrite link below.
Weddings and other ceremonies can be organised with a chaplain. Please contact the Chaplaincy for more details.
This article was published on Mar 7, 2014