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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:

July 2010

Archbishop hosted event in support of local encounter between Christians and Muslims
15 July 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, hosted an event at Lambeth Palace which brought together…

Archbishop on the 'precious gift of Martyrs' - BBC Radio 4
11 July 2010
In BBC Radio 4's 'Something Understood - The Martyrs of Charterhouse Square', the Archbishop of Canterbury…

June 2010

Archbishop on moral relativism - BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme
28 June 2010
Edward Stourton examines claims that the tolerance which moral relativism is supposed to foster has in…

Archbishop - Vulnerable people need respect
17 June 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury visited The Princess Alice Hospice to meet with patients and to gain a deeper…

Social Policy Debate - House of Lords
16 June 2010
To call attention to the role of partnerships between government and civil society in shaping social…

Sermon for the New Parliament
8 June 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, preached at a Service for the New Parliament at St Margaret's…

House of Lords Reform: Committee Membership
8 June 2010
To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the membership of the committee to be established to bring…

International Anglican Bible project aims to discover the church's role in battling climate change
4 June 2010
Members of the worldwide Anglican Communion are working together on a project to discover what the Bible…

May 2010

Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
29 May 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury's review of "Absence of Mind: the Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern…

Archbishop commemorates 100th anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale
15 May 2010
The Archbishop preached at a service held in the chapel of St Thomas' Hospital by the Nightingale Fellowship…

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