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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:

December 2008

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme - end of year interview
18 December 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury is interviewed by John Humphrys.

Churches urge Europe's leaders to build a greener economy
9 December 2008
In advance of the EU summit this month, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of the Church of…

November 2008

Birmingham Diocese visit
17 November 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams visited Birmingham and the Black Country on 15th and…

Archbishop's address to Faith Leaders in Birmingham
16 November 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury's address to Faith Leaders at Birmingham Council House, during his visit…

Archbishop's sermon at Birmingham Cathedral
16 November 2008
The Archbishop's sermon preached at St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham.

Archbishop's speech at Lord Mayor's Banquet 2008
10 November 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave the following speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet

Archbishop's lecture celebrating 60th Anniversary of the William Temple Foundation
5 November 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the final lecture in a series celebrating…

October 2008

The Archbishop's Dostoevsky - TLS
8 October 2008
A. N. Wilson reviews "Dostoevsky: Language, faith and fiction" by Rowan Williams.

Cross purposes - Guardian article
8 October 2008
The Archbishop talks to Stuart Jeffries about his book Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction.

September 2008

Archbishop's article on the financial crisis
27 September 2008
Taken from The Spectator - 27th September 2008

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