The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church has announced he will retire at the end of July.
Bishop David was
consecrated as Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane in 2005 and
was elected Primus four years later.
In his leadership roles in Scotland, Bishop David has consistently
encouraged the church to become more missional.
He encouraged the
establishment of the “Whole Church Mission and Ministry Policy” – which
for the past six years has challenged the Scottish Episcopal Church to
reshape its life in the cause of mission and growth.
believes that mission is rooted in faith commitment and in a deep
understanding of history and context. He has also worked to sustain the
unity of the church as it addressed human sexuality issues.
Bishop David has also been deeply involved in the life of the
worldwide Anglican Communion, serving as a member of the standing
committee of the Anglican Consultative Council. He has exercised
leadership in Continuing Indaba, a movement which attempts to establish
'honest conversation across difference in the cause of mission' across
the Anglican Communion. He also serves as the Anglican Co-Chair of the
International Dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the World
Communion of Reformed Churches. His work in the Anglican Communion was
recognised by the award of an Honorary Degree from the University of the
South at Sewanee, Tennessee
Ordained in 1976, Bishop David spent the next 29 years in the
ministry of the Church of Ireland within Northern Ireland. Much of that
time was spent in places which were deeply affected by the Northern
Throughout that period, particularly as Rector of
Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown, he attempted to develop ways in which
churches could challenge the sectarianism which powerfully influenced
communities and churches in Northern Ireland.
During that time, he also
served successively as Dean and Archdeacon of Dromore.
Throughout his ministry, Bishop David has given a high priority to
communication. He is a regular broadcaster and for over ten years has
written a blog at www.bishopdavid.net.
Announcing his retirement, Bishop David said: “it has been an immense
privilege for me to exercise the interwoven ministries of bishop and
Primus. The Scottish Episcopal Church has with increasing confidence
been developing its mission and taking its place in the evolving story
of Scotland. As the process for the election of my successor begins -
and as God's unfolding future for our church is revealed - I shall
continue to hold this church and its leadership in my prayers.”