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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:

June 2009

Post Secular Politics? Inter Faith Relations and Civic Practice
4 June 2009
The Lambeth Inter Faith Lecture was delivered by Luke Bretherton, Senior Lecturer in Theology & Politics…

Archbishop urges prayer for planet on Environment Sunday - June 7
3 June 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury is urging churches to use Environment Sunday (June 7) to pray for the planet…

May 2009

Joint Statement from the Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury
24 May 2009
Joint statement on the European Parliamentary and local elections

Ethics and expenses: Times article
23 May 2009
The following article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appeared in the Times on 29th…

Archbishop contributes to 'Love where you Live' initiative on BBC Radio 2
21 May 2009
As part of Radio 2's Love Where You Live campaign, the Archbishop of Canterbury delivers a special Pause…

Making a difference on a deadline - Engage magazine
1 May 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says that fuller debate is needed to stem the tide of…

April 2009

Archbishop on Easter - Article for the Mail on Sunday
12 April 2009
The following article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was published in the Mail on…

Archbishop's BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day on Good Friday
10 April 2009
The Archbishop spoke on BBC Radio 4 on Good Friday 2009 in the "Thought for the Day" slot.

Archbishop celebrates Church's heroes in Country Life magazine
8 April 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, supports a competition to find the 'unsung heroes' from…

Archbishop contributes to IPPR G20 publication
1 April 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has contributed to '20 on the G20' - a pamphlet published…

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