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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:

September 2008

Where Rowan Williams meets Dostoevsky - The Telegraph
27 September 2008
In an article published in The Telegraph, the Archbishop talks to A.N.Wilson about his book Dostoevsky:…

Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction - The Times
19 September 2008
Salley Vickers' review of "Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction" by Rowan Williams was published…

Archbishop preaches about poet John Milton at St Giles' Cripplegate
17 September 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, preached at a service to celebrate the 400th anniversary…

August 2008

Archbishop's Pastoral Letter to Bishops of the Anglican Communion
26 August 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today sent a letter to the bishops of the Anglican…

BBC Radio 3 Literary Proms: Archbishop on Dostoevsky
20 August 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, joins Susan Hitch to examine conflicting ideas about…

July 2008

Archbishop explores 'reason' in New Scientist
26 July 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams explores the concept of 'reason' as part of a feature…

The Church's Responsibility for the Environment
26 July 2008
An article in The Guardian newspaper by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Keep the Promise - Millennium Development Goals
24 July 2008
The Archbishop's speech, given at Lambeth Palace after the Walk of Witness, prior to an address by the…

Welcome for Lord Chief Justice Remarks on Sharia Law
4 July 2008
Lambeth Palace has welcomed the speech given yesterday by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales,…

Archbishop Welcomes Government Announcement on Credit Unions
2 July 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today welcomed an announcement by the Treasury that…

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