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

Daily Prayers and Reflections 

In this time of COVID19, we are sharing weekday prayers, poems and short reflections from our diverse Chaplancy team. We come from many different religions and belief-systems and, in daily posts, we will be drawing upon the wisdom of our traditions for insight, courage and compassion. Strength to you all.

To read our daily offering click here.

For Times Like These

Blogs to help us through COVID19 lockdowns and meltdowns, and to raise our spirits From the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy

To read more about this series and individual posts click here

COVID19 Update

As of 12 noon 17th of March 2020, The Chaplaincy Centre will be closed until further notice. 

The Listening Service will continue remotely throughout the COVID19 closure period. If you would like an appointment with the Listening Service, please email:  

If you need a Chaplain in an emergency, please contact Security on 0131 650 2257, and they will contact the on-call Chaplain.

Podcast: Let’s Talk – Life in Lockdown

Harriet Harris, University Chaplain, brings us another season of her captivating podcast Let’s Talk, in partnership with the Students’ Association. As the name suggests, this series focuses on life in lockdown. Although our days have changed in so many ways, the University continues to operate, with staff and students working and studying from home in isolation from each other. We are all in this together, but in vastly diverse circumstances, and it is interesting to hear from one another about our differing situations.

Each week, Harriet is joined by members of the University community who share what they are doing in the lockdown. The conversations explore how it feels to be fast-tracked into medical practice; to support NHS staff with childcare; to return to a ‘silent’ household with profoundly deaf parents; to meet the sudden imperative to deliver all teaching online; to be in Edinburgh with family abroad; to be abroad with family in the UK; to experience COVID-19 in the household; and more.

Each interview also explores how social distancing and self-isolation is affecting us: what are the challenges for us, and what are the new discoveries, what are we leaning about our mental health and wellbeing, and what is happening for us that might never have happened otherwise?

Above all each conversation whether with students or staff, has been open, thoughtful, and reflective, and we’ve learned a lot together.

Visit the Let’s Talk website or listen to the podcast.

Midday Healing Minute

The Midday Healing Minute started informally amongst Glasgow Quakers at the beginning of the COVID pandemic a few weeks ago and seems to have grown to include anyone who would like to join us around the world. It works like this:

At mid-day take a minute to be still and hold the people you are thinking of in the Light. Keep it simple. Try to think of them well and at peace, perhaps in a favourite place. And save some Light for yourself. It doesn't matter if you can't make the minute on the dot: prayer has been known to ‘work backwards'. In that way we gather in all time in the things eternal.

Our Head of Listening Service, Nicola James, has a book for first names if you would like to include them there too. No description needed. Just email Nicola at

Mindfulness Virtual Drop-ins

From March 17th, all mindfulness drop-in sessions are now running as weekly 'virtual' drop-ins

This consists of a weekly email, with a suggested practice, theme, and article or podcast episode for reflection, to explore in your own time.

The virtual drop-in is written by Dr Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain. To receive the email each week, email and ask to be added to the mail-list for your local drop-in.

The mailing-lists for Little France and the Western General are also open to NHS Lothian staff.

Capacitar Tai Chi 

During this time of COVID 19 and lockdown, it is good to keep exercising and Capacitar tai chi is a wonderful way to feel grounded and calm in the midst of all the uncertainties. 

As we can no longer physically meet for these sessions, Ali Newell who leads on these sessions has asked that a video which was filmed in Edinburgh Botanics be shared as a resource in place of our usual lunchtime drop-in in the Chaplaincy. Even if you have never tried  Capacitar tai chi with visualisation, the movements are simple and easy to follow.

Feeling connected to the healing spring energy and beauty is helpful when we have to spend more time indoors. and for more resources go to Capacitar section of our website here.

Ali Newell will also be hosting a weekly virtual Capacitar Tai Chi Meeting, details on how to join this can be found below. 

Topic: Capacitar Tai Chi with Ali

Time: This is a recurring meeting. Meeting at 1.10pm every Tuesday 

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

If you have any difficulties in joining this meeting please contact Ali Newell at

Lectio Divina

We are moving Lectio Divina online and offering weekly meetings, to nourish us through the current shutdown. We’ll meet via Microsoft Teams, which you can hopefully access whatever your email address. Please email to receive the invite for these meetings. 

A simple form of sacred reading, using a short Bible passage, silent meditation, sharing, prayer and contemplation.

2.15pm - 2.45pm weekly

Wednesdays 1st April – 20 May 2020

By Microsoft Teams

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The Chaplaincy team is focused on continually developing our service to best support our student and staff members. We love to hear feedback from the university community on what we are doing that is working well and any suggestions you have on how we can develop our service. Please email any comments to

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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.

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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.

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