I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded a publication grant from the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study or Practice of Christian Mysticism to support the publication and illustration costs of my first monograph Mysticism in Early Modern England (due to be published in 2019 with Boydell & Brewer). This is the second time the Bogert Fund has supported my research and publication activities, for which I am incredibly grateful.
Elizabeth Ann Bogert grew up in an affluent but troubled home in the days before the Second World War. Although raised in a nominally Christian family, her interest in religion remained at a fairly general level until one evening, while reading some classic accounts of religious experience, she herself underwent a profound and moving religious experience which deeply affected her life. The focus of her life shifted, away from self-centeredness and toward a genuine and caring concern for others. She enrolled in a theological seminary, preparing herself for ministry, and was ordained as a Congregationalist pastor, eventually serving several church communities. She also took up painting, which was another venue in which she could express her religious feelings. One of her seminary professors with whom she shared her religious life once described her as the most remarkable woman he had ever known, and when she died of cancer he took the initiative to establish a memorial fund in her name. The Fund is administered by the Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas.