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.

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.

Lectio Divina

We are moving Lectio Divina online and offering weekly meetings, to nourish us through the current shutdown. We’ll meet via Zoom, 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 Zoom

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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