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.

Sun 21st - University Service, Greyfriars Kirk, 11am. You are warmly invited to the University of Edinburgh Service, which this year will be a Multifaith service celebrating the Camino Interfaith Peace Pilgrimage; participants from Edinburgh University will share their experiences through dance, music and film. Staff and students, families and friends, of all faiths and none, are all welcome.

Wed 24th - Exploring Our Faiths, 3-4.30pm in the team room. 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. See page for more details, or contact Ali Newell (ali.newell@ed.ac.uk).

Curry lunches provided by Sikh Sanjog (by donation) start again on Thursday 25th - yum!

University Service

Camino pilgrims, 5th June 2014

This year's University Service is at Greyfriars Kirk on Sunday 21st September at 11am, and will be a celebration through dance, music and film of the University's Camino Interfaith Peace Pilgrimage. See the page below for more details and a map to Greyfriars:

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.

A place to enjoy and respect each other, have fun and tea, and reflect on what motivates us to love each other and care about the world we live in.

An opportunity to share how we encounter the Mystery, and how that sustains our living.

When: alternate Wednesdays, 3pm - 4.30pm (24th September, 8th & 22nd October, 5th & 19th November, 3rd & 17th December)

Where: Chaplaincy team room, 1 Bristo Square For further details, contact Ali Newell, Associate Chaplain, at ali.newell@ed.ac.uk .

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?

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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