The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Robert Gillies to Speak as Part of the Dean’s Forum

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, will be the Dean’s Forum guest on Thursday, Feb. 6. Bishop Alexander will moderate a Q & A session with Bishop Gillies. The session will take place in Hamilton Hall's Hargrove Auditorium at 1 p.m. Gillies will be in Sewanee from Feb. 3–10 as part of the bishop-in-residence program at The School of Theology.

A reception in honor of Bishop Gillies will be on Feb. 4 from 4:15–5 p.m. in the foyer. 

Gillies was brought up in England and after leaving high school at 16, worked for four years as a medical laboratory technician. After a year of preordination formation in Durham, U.K., he trained in seminary in Edinburgh for four years during which time he gained his bachelor of divinity degree from Edinburgh University.

He was a curate in Falkirk, then Edinburgh, followed by six years as University chaplain in Dundee and then rector of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St Andrews for a further 16 years. During this period he gained a further B.D. from Edinburgh University and a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews.

He has been Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney since September 2007.

Throughout his ministry Gillies has sought to combine the vocation to contemplative prayer with the vocation to mission and has led many engagements with his parishioners in the precepts and practice of both these.

In addition to the talk at The School of Theology, there are several events offered with Gillies at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Click here to see all of these events.