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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:

May 2010

Archbishop's CARA lecture
12 May 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams yesterday delivered a lecture entitled "Enriching the…

April 2010

Archbishop highlights importance of local churches in communities
30 April 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury spent two days in the Diocese of Norwich, reflecting on the life of the…

Archbishop's article on the General Election
29 April 2010
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote the following article for the Church Times newspaper.

Archbishop on BBC Radio 4: Start the Week
5 April 2010
In a special Easter edition of Start the Week recorded at Lambeth Palace, Andrew Marr discusses personal…

The Archbishop's Easter Sermon 2010 - Cross is a challenge to the world
4 April 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has used his Easter sermon to urge Christians to keep…

Archbishop's book review: 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ' by Philip Pullman
3 April 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, reviewed 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ'…

March 2010

Archbishop's favourite portrait - Country Life magazine
31 March 2010
The Archbishop has chosen Rembrandt's 'Self portrait in old age' as his favourite painting, in a feature…

Sunday Times article on the Robin Hood Tax
14 March 2010
An article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Richard Curtis (Co-Founder and Vice…

Archbishop receives Russian Order of Friendship
12 March 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was yesterday presented with the Russian Order of Friendship,…

The Archbishop on the relationship of poetry and prayer
7 March 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, a published poet, shares his passion for poetry in an interview with Revd…

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