Humanist chaplain

MandyMandy Evans Ewing

Humanist Chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University

I am delighted to be able to introduce myself to you, the whole community, staff and students, at Glasgow Caledonian University. I am Mandy, and I am a Humanist Representative on the Chaplaincy Team. I am a Humanist Celebrant with the Humanist Society of Scotland and, along my fellow Celebrants, members of the community humanism and spiritual care-giving groups, and members of the whole society provide services which include life rites ceremonies (Baby Namings and Welcomes, Legal Weddings and Marriage Celebrations, Same Sex Affirmations and Funerals and others), spiritual care-giving and hospital chaplaincy, and education, equality and human rights work.

Message from Mandy Ewing, 20th April 2020

Dear GCU Community - staff and students and all those connected with GCU - warmest greetings.


These are challenging and strange times in which we find ourselves and I wanted to reach out to you all and offer what support and comfort I can.

As the Principal, Pamela Gillies, has said in her address on the website there many useful resources on our website to help with learning, teaching and well-being. I would like to offer some resources and words to help with your psychological and spiritual well-being at this time.


This is a very useful publication about managing worry and anxiety. 


Attached is another very useful resource and tool to help you build resilience during difficult times.


I do hope you find some useful support in these and also remind you, very importantly, that if you feel you need professional or medical intervention then do please contact your GP/the NHS.


If you want some individual support you are welcome to contact me at and we can arrange a time to speak.


This enforced isolation and physical distance brings up a myriad of emotions. Be kind and gentle and patient with yourself and each other in these unprecedented times.


Be safe and be well. This too shall pass.


In ending I offer you this blessing from John O'Donohue ...


'On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance

to balance you.


And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets into you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green

and azure blue,

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays

in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours.


And so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.'


Go well, go in love, go in peace.


Mandy Evans Ewing

Humanist Chaplain

International Humanist and Ethical Union Declaration 2002

In 1952, at the first World Humanist Congress, the founding fathers of IHEU agreed a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism. They called it "The Amsterdam Declaration". That declaration was a child of its time: set in the world of great power politics and the Cold War.

The 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002, again meeting in the Netherlands, unanimously passed a resolution updating that declaration: "The Amsterdam Declaration 2002". Following the Congress, this updated declaration was adopted unanimously by the IHEU General Assembly, and thus became the official defining statement of World Humanism.

Amsterdam Declaration 2002

Humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world's great thinkers and creative artists and gave rise to science itself.

There's more on Humanism at this site.

Wishing you well in your studies and new horizons, love in your heart and peace in our time.


Diploma in Social Work (CQSW)Moray House College, Edinburgh
Publication Consultant – CEMVO, Glasgow : Publication of a Good Practice Guidance for the UK voluntary sector - Religion or Belief: A guide to equality legislation, good practice, and religions, beliefs and practices. (2004)


Yoga, gardening, cycling, meditation, rock climbing, hill walking, dance, carnival, valuing people and giving them the time and attention they deserve, evolution, sustainability, honesty, kindness, courage, good food, good company, appreciation of life.