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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:

November 2010

Archbishop's toast at the Lord Mayor's Dinner at Guildhall
15 November 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury proposed a toast to the late Lord Mayor and the Court of Alderman at the…

Archbishop's BBC West Midlands interview
7 November 2010
The Archbishop appeared as a guest on BBC West Midlands' Andrew Peach Show to discuss a number of topical…

Don't cut rural mental health provision, urges Archbishop
5 November 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said today that the provision of mental health services…

October 2010

Archbishop's Chevening Lecture at the British Council, New Delhi
15 October 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams today gave the Chevening lecture in New Delhi.

Archbishop's sermon at All Saints Cathedral, Nagpur - CNI 40th Anniversary Celebration Service
14 October 2010
In a service to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Church of North India (CNI), the Archbishop of…

September 2010

Crisis and Recovery book launch: 28th September
28 September 2010
In a new book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

Changes to Archbishop of Canterbury's personal staff
20 September 2010
Chris Smith, Chief of Staff at Lambeth Palace, today announced some changes to the Archbishop of Canterbury's…

July 2010

How should churches respond to the Big Society - Rowan Williams
23 July 2010
Archbishop Rowan Williams and Bob Reitemeier CEO of the Children's Society and Fran Becket former CEO…

Archbishop: Victory Outreach gives people 'confidence in themselves before God'
21 July 2010
The Victory Outreach charity, of which the Archbishop is patron, provides homes and life skills for young…

Faith Communities in the 'Big Society'
16 July 2010
Together with the Chief Rabbi and Archbishop of Westminster and leaders of other faiths, the Archbishop…

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