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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 2010

Faith, hope and charity in tomorrow's world
6 March 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave a lecture at Lincoln Cathedral where he looked…

Archbishop's visit to Lincoln
5 March 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, embarked on a four day pastoral visit to the Diocese…

February 2010

Putting the Big Ethical Issues Back on the Agenda - Guardian debate
26 February 2010
At the British Museum Diane Coyle, Michael Sandell and Rowan Williams asked how we can regain our ability…

The Archbishop's Presidential Address, General Synod February 2010
9 February 2010
In a wide-ranging address to the General Synod in London, the Archbishop of Canterbury discusses the…

Students show Archbishop they have 'Faith in the World'
4 February 2010
Around 350 A-Level students and their teachers from more than 60 schools joined the Archbishop of Canterbury…

Article in Newsweek magazine on the Ethical Economy
1 February 2010
An adaptation of the Archbishop's address at Trinity Institute's 40th National Theological Conference…

January 2010

Visit to New York
31 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was a keynote participant at Trinity Institute's 40th…

Archbishop at World Economic Forum in Davos
31 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, lead the Closing Session of the World Economic Forum…

A History of the World in 100 Objects
21 January 2010
The Archbishop recently contributed to the BBC Radio 4 series 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'.…

Service to mark the 150th anniversary of the Ritualism Riots
20 January 2010
The Archbishop preached at a service at the Parish of St George-in-the-East with St Paul to mark the…

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