The Chaplaincy is a safe and welcoming space for people of all faiths and none

We would like to highlight that if discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief has affected you, you are always welcome to discuss concerns with the Chaplaincy.

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The Chaplaincy is for all faiths and none.  Our team covers a wide variety of beliefs, including Humanism, Daoism, Paganism and all major world religions.  You don't have to be religious or spiritual to attend events at the Chaplaincy or use our services.  All are welcome.

Welcome to Chaplaincy

Annual Chaplaincy events

More information about Chaplaincy, including Annual Reports

A Multi-Faith and Belief Statement in Support of EU Migrant Workers and Their Families Since the Referendum

L'Arche event in the auditorium - 26th Jan 2015

For details about Chaplaincy events which will run in Welcome Week 2018, please visit the event page.

Open Space is a daily social drop-in and hub, used by a wide variety of students and staff, and commonly regarded as a “home from home”. You can get yourselves hot drinks read the papers, meet others, or sit with your books and laptop. All are made welcome.

The Chaplaincy runs the University Listening Service during the week, for any who would appreciate “a good listening to”.

If you need to talk to a chaplain urgently, call Security on 0131 650 2257 to talk to the on-call chaplain. Otherwise, please email or phone us to make an appointment (please see the contact page).

Our multi-faith team of chaplains and belief contacts is available to offer sensitive, impartial support in any situation.

We offer personal support, religious support and spiritual support to staff and students of all faiths and none.

Emergency support

The Listening Service

The Listening Service operates through the University Chaplaincy, for students or staff who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties, or are looking for a timely or purposeful conversation. Conversations can be held in a variety of places, and could be over coffee or a walk.

How to get in touch: Drop in at the Chaplaincy Centre in Bristo Square (next to the EUSA shop), where the Receptionist will be able to direct you. Or, email Or telephone 0131 650 2595.

Dis-mything: You don't have to be religious to use the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy is not only for students; it's for staff too.

Previous Exhibition

Starting Point: This exhibition was part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2018.  This year the theme was “Beginnings”.  The artworks on display had been created by people who attend art groups at The Alma Project, an arts project for adults with mental health issues.  The exhibition was titled “Starting Point”, as that is what The Alma Project often is to people when they first attend – a starting point for creativity; exploration; friendship; support and managing one’s mental health.


The Exhibition ran from Thursday 26 April to Wednesday 23 May, weekdays 10am to 4pm. 

Previous Exhibition

Translation Through the Centuries.  From Friday 9th to Thursday 29th March the Bristo Square Chaplaincy featured an exhibition on the life of translation. “Translation Through the Centuries” is a project organised by the Edinburgh University Translators’ Society, and warmly encourages anyone interested in language and its use in the form of translation throughout history to come have a look at the exposition. This exhibition aimed to present certain key events from all over the world of the achievements of translators and the development of translation as a phenomenon so vital to our global society. Viewers were encouraged to celebrate with us the incredible skill that is using the art of translation to inform, entertain or negotiate, write up peace treaties and solve disputes, as well as fuel conversation where there otherwise might have been none.