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Society & Community

How can the Church help to give a voice to people who are easily ignored by the powerful? How can Christians and others make a difference in their local communities and to the society we live in as a nation? What's most important in life and what does the Christianity have to say about the big questions we all face?

Archbishop at The Springfield Centre 15 Nov 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury's ministry in the church, his role in parliament as one of the Lords Spiritual, and his place in public life, give him opportunities to see what others are doing in answer to these questions and to take part in public denate about the issues behind them. That might be through visiting schools and talking to the pupils and staff, through speaking in the House of Lords or writing for the press, or by spending time with clients, volunteers and staff at projects working to make a difference to the lives of those in need around the country.

In this section, you can find out what Archbishop Rowan has said and written about all sorts of issues - from asylum and immigration to climate change, and from childhood to economics. You can also find out more about some of the people and projects he's visited and the work that they're doing.

Recent items relating to Society & Community, including Arts & Culture, Economy, Education, Environment, Family Life, Government & Parliament, Health and Human Rights are shown below:

March 2011

Archbishop: "Big Society - Small World?"
21 March 2011
In his Commemoration Oration at King's College London, the Archbishop of Canterbury today welcomes the…

Dr Williams visits Archbishop Tenison's School in Oval, London
8 March 2011
Founded in the 17th Century by Archbishop Tenison this Church of England boys comprehensive school is…

Relations between the Church and state today: what is the role of the Christian citizen?
1 March 2011
An address given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at Manchester University, 1 March…

February 2011

Faith in Politics? Lecture by Gordon Brown
16 February 2011
The Archbishop hosted a lecture given by the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP entitled "Faith and Politics?", asking…

January 2011

Archbishop condemns murder of Ugandan gay human rights activist
28 January 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is currently in Dublin for the Primates' meeting,…

Archbishop's address to the APPG on Penal Affairs
18 January 2011
The Archbishop's address to the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) on Penal Affairs, at the House of…

December 2010

Archbishop announces 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize shortlist
8 December 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today announced the shortlist for the 2011 Michael…

November 2010

Faraday Institute Public Lecture: 'Responses to the new Atheism'
19 November 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, participated in a public discussion with Terry Eagleton…

Archbishop's Tolstoy essay, BBC Radio 3
16 November 2010
As part of a BBC Radio 3 series, the Archbishop spoke of his passion for the works of Tolstoy and the…

Archbishop's Isaiah Berlin Lecture
16 November 2010
The Archbishop delivered the Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture at the Hampstead Synagogue, with the title…

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