Let’s do lunch…

I missed the official Chaplaincy lunch this Christmas, but to make up for it, Bulletin, the University’s Staff Magazine, treated me to lunch with one of my chaplaincy colleagues, Irene Cotugno, who is the Baha’i Belief Contact. The Baha’i faith originated in Persia at the end of the 19th century, and it has three core beliefs: the … Continue Reading

The C Word

  I’ve had two letters recently from humanists who are exploring the possibility of working in chaplaincy, which is very encouraging. A few years ago, I wrote an article about the problems humanists have with the very idea of chaplaincy and, as things don’t appear to have changed a great deal outside of my own university, I … Continue Reading

Project Elpis: Giving Hope to Refugees

As the humanist chaplain at the University of Edinburgh, I get to meet some inspiring people and I was amazed to see what second-year students Alexandros Angelopoulos and Sam Kellerhals have made happen with their Project Elpis. The word elpis means ‘hope’ in Greek. These two environmental sciences undergraduates have created solar-powered mobile phone charging … Continue Reading

A Light For Aleppo

Watching the war in Syria for the last four years has been depressing, frustrating and disempowering, but Harriet Harris, my friend and colleague at the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre, has come up with a great initiative, which we launched this evening on the beach in North Berwick. It’s called A Light For Aleppo, and … Continue Reading

Sarah and Kyle’s Humanist Wedding at The Signet Library

Being a chaplain sometimes has real-life consequences. I’ll let Sarah tell the story…     As she wrote, “I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2013. Each graduation ceremony includes a speech from one of the university chaplains and I was lucky enough to take part in a ceremony where Tim, as honorary humanist chaplain, was … Continue Reading

Chaplaincy Pilgrimage to St Andrews

My colleague Mandy Evans Ewing and I were invited to join the Chaplains from the various universities of Scotland at their annual meeting which this year was held in St Andrews. She’s the Humanist Chaplain for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University, while I’m the Humanist Contact at the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre. It … Continue Reading