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Church of England Clergy Advocates

CECA logoThe Church of England Clergy Advocates is a professional association of clergy in the Church of England. It is a professional sector of Britain’s largest union, Unite. It was formed in February 2012 on the basis of agreed core values

Membership is open to all clergy. 

The Church of England Clergy Advocate’s network of Accredited Representatives provide advice, support, and representation. 

Regional Co-coordinators aim to raise professional standards through fellowship, encouragement, information and training. 

The Chair of CECA is the The Revd Pete Hobson

The Secretary is The Revd Roger Stokes

Membership is open to all clergy in the Church of England: stipendiary and self-supporting; full-time and part-time; male and female; bishops, priests and deacons. 

Membership of the Church of England Clergy Advocates brings with it the full membership benefits of Unite. See the subscription rates.

You can join online or by completing an application form which should be sent to the branch secretary: The Revd Roger Stokes, St Martin’s Vicarage, 76 Clapham Road, Bedford MK41 7PN.

When completing your application online please enter the following information to ensure that you are allocated to the Association: 

Workplace Code - 115569 Church Of England Clergy.

Please note: under the constitution of Unite, contribution to the political fund is optional.

A network of accredited representatives support members of the Church of England Clergy Advocates from the first day of membership. 

For support please contact the Faithworkers branch helpline: 0333 123 0021.

Members problems dealt with by reps include: bullying, discrimination and harassment; health, safety and welfare at work; clergy discipline cases; statements of particulars; and representation at meetings with senior clergy. 

CECA also has a network of regional co-coordinators. They aim to raise professional standards through fellowship, encouragement, information and training. 

CECA is governed by an executive committee elected by its members. The members of the committee each serve for three years. 

Why not join the Advocates today?

The aims of CECA are: 

  1. To provide the means of independent representation and support for member clergy who find a need for advice or representation in the conduct of their relationship with the authority structures of the Church of England or with parishioners or others among whom they work. 
  2. To offer general advice, education and fellowship to member clergy through national and regional meetings, publications, or in other appropriate ways. 
  3. To represent the needs and concerns of members within the structures of the Church of England through seeking regular meetings with the Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council and representative bodies or in other ways as appropriate. 
  4. To promote discussion and research about the role of the ordained clergy in the Church of England, in a fast changing social context and how this can be supported. 
  5. To support the ministry of the Church of England and to do so in a manner consistent with the core values of the Faith Workers branch.

Click here to read the CECA Constitution and Principles