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.

Sunday 23rd November - Opening of Interfaith Week with Multifaith meal, 4.30-6.30pm in the auditorium. Performers and speakers from different faiths followed by a meal at 5.30pm. Please RSVP for numbers to: Sakina@eifa.org.uk

Tuesday 25th November - Lecture on ‘Human Rights and Religious freedom’ by Dr Kishan Manocha, part of Interfaith Week, 7.30-9pm in the auditorium. (Dr. Manocha currently lectures in public international law, including international criminal law, at the University of East London and is currently a Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University.)

Thursday 27th November - Thanksgiving 2014, 6.30-8pm. Now fully booked - sorry! If you're coming, please bring a dish to share - see below.

Sunday 7th December - University Carol Service, 7-8.30pm in the McEwan Hall (doors open 6pm, please be seated by 6.40pm as this is always full up!) Followed by a reception at the Chaplaincy.

Thanksgiving 2014 - 6.30-8pm, Thursday 27th November

Come and celebrate Thanksgiving with us!

Thursday 27th November, 6.30pm-8pm in the Chaplaincy auditorium. Please book a ticket via Eventbrite (link below).

This invitation is extended to all students and staff from whatever part of the world you come from. The turkey, soup, drinks and warm homely atmosphere will be provided free of charge! All you need to bring is a dish to contribute to the feast.

Please bring one of the following dishes (enough to feed 2-3 people) :

* a salad

* some nice bread and butter (not sliced bread)

* a vegetarian dish

* cheese and biscuits

* a dessert or fruit

* a dish of food from your home country

Remember to tell us what you will bring - email erika.sella@ed.ac.uk.

Thanksgiving 2014 - book on Eventbrite

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.

Thu 20 Nov Exams success

Fri 21 Nov It takes time to make time

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.

19th November, 3-4:30pm: led by the Islamic Society.

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 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

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

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

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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