Matthew Townsend


Let there be light—in childbirth

Welcoming a baby into the world involves making a seemingly endless number of decisions, all of which become increasingly urgent and important when childbirth arrives.

Special delivery

As editor of the Anglican Journal, I sometimes agonize over the editorials I write—spending days developing and discarding drafts before settling on a message that

Blurred visions

2020 shattered our assumptions. What will 2021 bring? If you’ve heard someone use the phrase “20/20 vision,” you’ve probably gathered that they meant perfect vision—the

‘God is waiting for us’

As COVID-19 propels us towards a different kind of Christmas, this Advent could be a time for considering God’s expectations for Christians and the church, says Newfoundland priest and theological studies professor Robert Cooke.

Photo of transport trucks on an ice road.

North and South

As the Anglican Church of Canada considers its future in an ongoing and evolving strategic planning process, it seems likely to encounter a familiar question: What about the North?

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On religion and politics

Over the last few months, as the publication of this issue has been delayed due to COVID-19, the editorial staff and I found ourselves wondering: Will people be interested in an Epiphanies focused entirely on the subject of differences?

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The visions of Juan Diego

In 1531, three years before the Church of England was born, the seeds of an Indigenous church were planted.

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