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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:

March 2009

Interview with Radio 4 'Today' programme ahead of G20 summit
31 March 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams spoke with Jim Naughtie on Radio 4's 'Today' program…

G20 leaders must not forget promises to the poor - Religious Leaders Communiqué
30 March 2009
Today religious leaders in Britain urged the G20 leaders not to forget their commitments to the world's…

Archbishop visits Shelter's Advice Centre
27 March 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury will today visit Shelter's Advice Centre which provides advice to those…

Renewing the Face of the Earth: Human Responsibility and the Environment
25 March 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the Ebor Lecture at York Minster.

Archbishop of Canterbury: Environment is 'an issue of justice'
25 March 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury will today use his Ebor Lecture 'Renewing the Face of the Earth: Human Responsibility…

'Faith in the Public Square', lecture at Leicester Cathedral
22 March 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury's lecture 'Faith in the Public Square', delivered at Leicester Cathedral.

Lambeth Palace hosts DFID White Paper consultation
18 March 2009
Lambeth Palace yesterday hosted a consultation between faith communities and the UK Government's Department…

Don't blame the bankers - deregulation and spending caused it too, says Williams
9 March 2009
The following article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was published in the Guardian…

Ethics, Economics and Global Justice
7 March 2009
In a lecture given today in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury calls for patience and trust to be…

February 2009

Archbishop's Lent Book 2009
25 February 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has chosen 'Why Go To Church?' by Timothy Radcliffe,…

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