Events at and around the Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Centre on Bristo Square is closed for the summer from 23rd May onwards, reopening for Freshers' week on 8th September, and as normal from 15th September.

Soweto Melodic Voices

In August 2014, Soweto Melodic Voices are visiting Edinburgh again to perform at the Just Festival, and the Chaplaincy will be supporting this wonderful choir from South Africa. They also have CDs for sale!

Last few performances coming up! Thu 21st and Fri 22nd August at 6pm, and finally Sat 23rd August at 8.30pm.

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're sharing 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."

Camino pilgrimage blog at Heartbeat Journey

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.

Mindfulness Meditation

Holy Communion celebrated according to the Anglican tradition - Wednesday lunchtimes (there is no Communion service after 7th May due to staff away days, apologies).

Holy Communion

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?" and was chaired by Susan Deacon, VP Corporate Engagement - 5pm, Wednesday 26th February. 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

Multi-faith activities and meals

Multi-faith events take place throughout the semester, including "Exploring Our Faiths" with speakers from several different religions (the course has now finished for this academic year).

Multi-faith Events

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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