The core activity of the Club is the publication of books and studies to widen our understanding of worship and liturgy, both theoretical and practical. But it is our strap line: ‘promoting the study of liturgy’ that probably best captures our aim. Over the years we have attempted to do this in different ways, and one of these has been to ringfence a particular fund known as the Cuming Fund. In the past, this fund has been used to give the occasional grant to a researcher, and on a couple of occasions was used to offset the costs of running a seminar for young liturgists run in tandem with the Society for Liturgical Studies. It is a modest fund and is named after Geoffrey Cuming, an academic, priest, and former trustee of the Club, who is probably best remembered for his book The History of Anglican Liturgy. It certainly was a key text book, and may well be one that graces your bookshelf.
So what’s new? The trustees have decided that the Cuming Fund should now be used to award book grants to those engaged in liturgical research. We are conscious that academic books are now extremely expensive, and so we are offering grants of up to £250 towards the purchasing of books to enable the study of liturgy. All those who are currently registered on an MA worship and liturgy pathway, a PhD programme, or engaged in a post-doctoral research project in the field of liturgy are eligible to apply. Simply complete and submit the on-line application form.