The Anglican Digest

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The Anglican Digest
CategoriesReligious magazine
FounderHoward Lane Foland
Year founded1958
CountryUnited States
Based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
OCLC 1589123

Coordinates: 36°22′5″N93°45′58″W / 36.36806°N 93.76611°W / 36.36806; -93.76611

The Anglican Digest (sometimes called TAD) is a quarterly religious magazine in the United States providing information related to Anglicanism, including news, essays, book reviews, and devotional material. [1] It is published by SPEAK, the Society for Promoting and Encouraging Arts and Knowledge (of the Church), which was founded as the Episcopal Book Club in 1953 by Howard Lane Foland, [2] a priest of The Episcopal Church in Nevada, Missouri. [3] Since 1960, it has been based on a former dairy farm in the Ozarks called Hillspeak [4] near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. [5]

The Anglican Digest affirms a “Prayer Book Catholic” heritage but says it serves "all expressions of Anglicanism: Anglo-Catholic, Broad, and Evangelical." [6] When it began in 1958, it described itself as "A quarterly miscellany reflecting the words and work of the Churches of the Anglican Communion:

some things old
many things new
most things borrowed
everything true." [2]

James B. Simpson became executive director [7] after its founder retired in 1980. [8] At that time, it reported a paid circulation of over 100,000 worldwide. [9] By 1989, subscriptions had increased to almost 250,000 with six issues per year. [10] However, in 2012 it reported 45,000 readers. [11]

Edward L. Salmon, Jr. chaired the publication's board for 41 years. [12] After his death, his daughter, Catherine S. Salmon, and Tony Clavier served as an editorial committee. [13] In 2020, Fred Robinson became editor. [14]

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  4. "The Anglican Digest". The Anglican Digest. SPEAK. 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-27. On St. Mark’s Day in 1960, Father Foland and his colleagues arrived here at Hillspeak, which was then an 1,100-acre working dairy farm nestled deep in the rural Ozark mountains.
  5. "Moving to Eureka Springs — Episcopal Book Club Leaving Nevada: Father H.L. Foland and His Staff Will Depart Monday for Arkansas". The Nevada Daily Mail. 77 (365): 1. April 19, 1960. Retrieved 2017-03-29. The Episcopal Book Club will move April 25 from Nevada to the 1,100-acre "Silver Cloud Ranch," three and one-half miles south of Eureka Springs, Ark.
  6. "Connecting Gathering Telling". The Anglican Digest. 60 (4): 3. Winter 2018.
  7. "Father Simpson to Head 'SPEAK'". Episcopal News Service. The Archives of the Episcopal Church. August 21, 1980. Retrieved 2017-03-27. The new executive director of the Society for Preserving and Encouraging the Arts and Knowledge (of the Church)—SPEAK—and the Episcopal Book Club, and executive editor of The Anglican Digest is the Rev. James B. Simpson...
  8. Chitty, Arthur Ben (April 27, 1989). "SPEAK Spreads the Word". Episcopal News Service. The Archives of the Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2017-03-27. The enterprise is linked to the printed word and is associated with many names and titles—best known are Hillspeak, SPEAK, and The Anglican Digest, names coined by its founder, the Rev. Howard Lane Foland, the legendary "Father Foland," who retired in 1980.
  9. "SPEAK, 'TAD' Founder Retires". Episcopal News Service. The Archives of the Episcopal Church. May 8, 1980. Retrieved 2017-03-27. After 20 years plus its circulation is well over 100,000 and it goes into all 50 states, all Canadian provinces and almost all foreign countries.
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  12. "The Right Reverend Edward Lloyd Salmon". Biography. June 29, 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  13. "Masthead". The Anglican Digest. 61 (1): 2. Spring 2019.
  14. Charleston D. Wilson (Summer 2020). "A Letter from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees". The Anglican Digest. 62 (2): 4.