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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:

September 2009

Memorial Worship at Momoyama Gakuin University, Japan
25 September 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke at an open air memorial worship to commemorate…

Archbishop - Education based only on reason is incomplete
21 September 2009
As part of his week-long visit to Japan for the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Church…

The Archbishop's interview on Newsnight
15 September 2009
Jeremy Paxman interviewed the Archbishop of Canterbury on the the financial crisis, broadcast on BBC…

The Archbishop on Understanding Prayer
13 September 2009
Mark Tully talks to the Archbishop of Canterbury about understanding Prayer for 'Something Understood'…

'We’re all vulnerable to homelessness' - Archbishop's article in Roof magazine
3 September 2009
Archbishop Rowan Williams has written an article for Roof magazine, the official publication of Shelter,…

July 2009

Guidance on communion during swine flu pandemic
23 July 2009
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to Bishops in the Church of England recommending…

June 2009

Religious leaders call for end to 'legal euthanasia' - Daily Telegraph letter
29 June 2009
The joint faith leaders' letter which appeared in the Telegraph on 29th June 2009.

Video: The Archbishop defines the word 'Refuge'
15 June 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury tells us what the word 'Refuge' means to him for Refugee Week 2009.

God's Mission and Ours in the 21st century
9 June 2009
An address by the Archbishop of Canterbury to a meeting of the Intercontinental Church Society at Lambeth…

We should care more for the carers - Telegraph article
8 June 2009
In an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 8th June 2009 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan…

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