Chapter Training

The AEC’s induction Chapter training sessions in 2021 are open for bookings.

These training sessions are for members of cathedral Chapters, lay and ordained, newly appointed administrators, deans without previous cathedral experience, and chairs of Cathedral Councils. The one-day sessions each cover the same content and are arranged to take place in various locations during the year so that they are reasonably accessible.

The first two sessions, on 25 February and 18 March 2021, moved on-line via Zoom and  the morning format includes presentations, small discussion groups and Q & A sessions, with restorative breaks at intervals.

The third session takes place on Saturday morning 22 May 2021 9.15am – 1pm on-line via Zoom (previously scheduled to take place at Southwark Cathedral).

The training dates in 2021 remain open for booking and places are available. We hope to return to real-life sessions before long, but are ready to move on-line, depending on the prevailing Covid conditions.

The fourth session is planned to be a 24-hour residential at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London E14 8DS on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 October 2021. The session will begin with dinner at 6.30pm on 19 October and end at 4.00pm on 20 October. The cost will be £195, to include dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast and lunch.

In order for the sessions to be viable, we are setting a minimum number of 10 for all the sessions. Please book places in good time as once the courses are full no further bookings will be taken, although names can be added to a waiting list.

The training includes input from a number of speakers from different cathedrals – both ordained and lay – and from the CFCE, and includes reflection upon the legal responsibilities of Chapters, the relationship of Chapter to the rest of the cathedral and the role of cathedrals as centres of worship and mission. The programme has been developed and refined over a number of years and delegates who attended recent sessions provided the following comments in their feedback:

‘An excellent course – fascinating, practical and very informative’

‘A very informative, helpful and enjoyable session, in a most congenial setting’

The Rev’d Canon Celia Thomson, Canon Chancellor at Gloucester Cathedral, co-ordinates these sessions on behalf of the AEC Executive.  Bookings should be made to the Administration Officer:

Moira Dean

AEC, PO Box 53506, London SE19 1ZL

Telephone: 07930 690273