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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 2009

Archbishop - 'Inter Faith Week is about the celebration of resources'
16 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gives his opening address to the faith leaders and Trustees…

The Archbishop on Inter Faith
7 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, visited Burnley to find out more about inter-faith…

October 2009

Faith and Climate Change
29 October 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today hosted a meeting of faith leaders and faith-based…

Archbishop's Address - Christian Distinctiveness in our Academies
21 October 2009
Keynote Address at Church of England Academy Family Launch Conference, Lambeth Palace.

One Planet - Archbishop on BBC World Service
15 October 2009
Mike Williams from BBC World Service 'One Planet' finds out if the Archbishop of Canterbury is environmentally-friendly,…

Climate Change Statement 'an important step forward'
15 October 2009
Thirty Christian and Muslim young people spent the day with the Archbishop and scholars to compose a…

Act locally as well as nationally urges Archbishop
13 October 2009
In a lecture delivered at Southwark Cathedral and sponsored by the Christian environmental group Operation…

Archbishop and Youth Parliament representative 'Value the Vote'
7 October 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams met yesterday with Victoria Fowler, a member of the UK…

Archbishop - "the risen Christ says, 'In the depth of this reality I will speak, I will be present and I will transform.'"
7 October 2009
A sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a Parish Eucharist at St Andrew Holborn, London, during which…

September 2009

Anniversary Ceremony for Momoyama Gakuin University and Momoyama Gakuin, Japan
26 September 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams delivered a message at an Anniversary Ceremony for the…

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