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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:

January 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message 2010
1 January 2010
In his BBC New Year Message the Archbishop of Canterbury sets out that in this global society we now…

December 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas sermon 2009 - Christmas teaches us joy of dependence
25 December 2009
Society's rush to create independent citizens is crushing and narrowing children's experiences of childhood,…

Archbishop's BBC Radio Interview with Simon Mayo
16 December 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury was interviewed today on the Daily Mayo programme for BBC Five Live. The…

'Act for the sake of love': Archbishop preaches in Copenhagen Cathedral
13 December 2009
"We cannot show the right kind of love for our fellow-humans unless we also work at keeping the earth…

Archbishop on Pause for Thought with Terry Wogan, BBC Radio 2
8 December 2009
Dr Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury, offers a Christmas message to listeners of 'Wake up…

Environment Service at Westminster Central Hall, London
5 December 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today gave an address at an Ecumenical Service at Westminster…

November 2009

Archbishop meets with pupils of multi faiths
17 November 2009
As part of Inter Faith Week, the Archbishop visited the London Inter Faith Centre, to meet with school…

Archbishop - Economics is 'housekeeping' for humanity
16 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has urged us to keep economics in perspective as it…

Human Well-Being and Economic Decision-Making
16 November 2009
A Keynote Address from the Archbishop at TUC Economics Conference, Congress House, London.

Archbishop and faith leaders launch 'Inter Faith Week'
16 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today invited faith leaders and Trustees of the Inter…

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