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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:

October 2012

Archbishop's statement to mark the beginning of Hate Crime Awareness Week
10 October 2012
The Archbishop has spoken about how hate crime 'should have no possible place in a society that respects…

September 2012

Archbishop delivers inaugural CUAC Lecture
28 September 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the inaugural address of the Annual CUAC (Colleges…

Archbishop welcomes UN Secretary General’s Education First initiative
27 September 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, welcomes the launch of the Education First initiative…

Archbishop attends London 2012 Paralympic Games
6 September 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury attended the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Thursday 6th September.

Archbishop - “We must locate education at the very heart of the humanitarian agenda”
3 September 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a conference on Monday 3rd September on Education for Children Affected…

August 2012

Archbishop's review of 'When I Was a Child I Read Books'
10 August 2012
In an article published in the Church Times, Archbishop Rowan Williams reviews Marilynne Robinson's 'When…

Archbishop Rowan Williams on poet Dylan Thomas
1 August 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas with Geoff Haden,…

July 2012

Telegraph interview with Archbishop: "The Lion's World"
28 July 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, talked to The Telegraph's Sameer Rahim about CS Lewis’s…

Archbishop of Canterbury attends Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
27 July 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, attended the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic…

'Religion in Public Life' - Archbishop's conversation with Tony Blair and Charles Moore
24 July 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams took part in a public conversation with the Rt Hon Tony Blair and writer and…

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