The Chaplaincy offers hospitality to many faith societies. People of different faiths, cultures, traditions and philosophies of life can meet each other for friendship, prayer, meditation, food and lots more. Students are welcome to attend each other’s worship, prayers, services and festivals, and attend each other’s societies. There are also interfaith events, discussions and campaigns.
Those groups and societies most involved with the Chaplaincy are detailed below. Use this page to explore these and get in touch directly. For the full list of student societies and groups, see the Students’ Association website.
If you would like further information about the Chaplaincy and faiths, particularly if you would like the Chaplaincy to support new faith initiatives, then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buddhist Meditation Group
The Buddhist Meditation Group meets weekly, either on Microsoft Teams or in person, to practice and discuss Buddhist meditation. New members are welcome to contact the group secretary, Viktor Nordgren, directly for further details on joining the group.
Email: Viktor Nordgren, email@example.com
The Catholic Society promotes the Catholic faith among all students in the University. It hosts regular events including prayer, talks and a variety of socials, centred around the Canmore Chaplaincy for University Catholics.
The St Andrews Co-Existence Initiative is a student-led society that is committed to encouraging and facilitating dialogue between people of all philosophies of life, religious or otherwise.
St Andrews University Christian Union (SAUCU) exists to give every student in St Andrews the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. The society is made up of Christian students from many church backgrounds and experiences, united around seeking to share their faith in Jesus with fellow students. All students are welcome, whether you are a Christian or just have an interest in exploring who Jesus is.
- Website - Christian Union
- Facebook - Christian Union
- Instagram - Christian Union
- YouTube - Christian Union
Hindu, Jain, Sikh Society
The Hindu, Jain, Sikh Society focuses on celebrating the three religions of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, by organising events for important festivals, spreading awareness and knowledge about the religions’ literature, and facilitating prayers for interested members. It also aims to appreciate the culture of India and create a closely held community of students who associate with or would like to learn more about it.
Interfaith Steering Group
The Interfaith Steering Group is a group made up of representatives from all of St Andrews’ faith societies. They work to increase collaboration between faith societies and also host their own events. The group also runs a Scriptural Reasoning Group.
Email: Manahil Sheikh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: Grace Stewart, email@example.com for Scriptural Reasoning Group
The Jewish Society or J-Soc is a very friendly society welcoming both Jewish and non-Jewish students alike. They hold a range of events from Friday night dinners to celebrating major festivals throughout the year.
Just Love St Andrews
Just Love St Andrews is a group of Christian students committed to pursuing the biblical call to social justice. Students are welcome to join in following Jesus' commands to love our neighbour and show mercy. The group have weekly lunches in the Baptist Church on South Street as well as volunteering and other events throughout the semester.
Muslim Student Association
St Andrews Muslim Student Association meets regularly for prayer, social events and catering for Ramadhan. They are also committed to fundraising for charity.
The Pagan Society offers a forum for discussion, friendship, and learning. They welcome followers of, or those curious about, Pagan spiritualities such as Wicca and Shamanism, among others.
Email: Kitty Macintyre, Honorary Pagan Chaplain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer Faith Community
The Queer Faith Community (QFC) exists to connect and support people at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender. QFC St Andrews is a sub-committee of SaintsLGBT+.
Email: Coggin Galbreath, email@example.com