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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:

February 2009

First Inter Parliamentary Conference on anti-Semitism reception held at Lambeth Palace
19 February 2009
On behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of…

Archbishop's book review - Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary
13 February 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, reviewed 'Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary'…

January 2009

Rowan Williams on poetry
20 January 2009
At the Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust Annual Arts Event, Rowan Williams commentated on his favourite…

Royal Academy of Arts Byzantium Lecture 'Icons and the Practice of Prayer'
16 January 2009
In a lecture given at the Royal Academy of Arts, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury explores…

Archbishop gives support to 2008 Faith in Human Rights Statement
7 January 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has given his support to the 2008 Faith in Human Rights…

Archbishop's New Year Message 2009 - the treasure that is our fellow human beings
1 January 2009
In his 2009 New Year Message, Dr Williams asks us to consider the importance placed on material wealth,…

December 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas sermon 2008
25 December 2008
In his Christmas sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury says that one of the lessons…

The Times on Christmas Eve
24 December 2008
An article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, published in The Times on Christmas Eve…

Put aside your principles and remember: all you need is love
22 December 2008
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says in The Daily Telegraph that the first Christmas…

Archbishop's Christmas message on BBC Radio 2 'Pause for Thought' with Terry Wogan
19 December 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, offers a Christmas message to listeners of Wake up to…

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