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 take place in various locations during the year so that they are reasonably accessible.

The first session, on Thursday 25 February 2021, has moved on-line via Zoom and is fully booked. We have arranged another session via Zoom on Thursday 18 March, which will take place that morning 9.30am – 1pm. There will still be presentations, small discussion groups and Q & A sessions, with restorative breaks at intervals.  Places are available and there is no charge for the session.

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

The third session is scheduled to take place on Saturday 22 May 2021 at Southwark Cathedral, beginning with coffee at 10.30am and ending by 4.00pm. The cost will be £60, to include a buffet lunch.

The fourth session will 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