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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:

June 2008

Archbishop preaches at 400th Anniversary of the Granting of the Royal Charter
24 June 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a service to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Granting of the…

Archbishop Opens Eco-Garden at Archbishop Sumner C of E Primary School, London
16 June 2008
The Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School in Lambeth, London, invited the Archbishop to…

Interview with GMTV Sunday Progamme
15 June 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams was interviewed by Lord Chris Smith for the GMTV Sunday…

Newsnight Interview on Childhood
9 June 2008
The Archbishop shares his concerns about the treatment of children in the criminal justice system, the…

Archbishop and Church Leaders call for worshippers to make 'Time for God's Creation'
6 June 2008
Church leaders have called upon Christians throughout England to use the period from 1st September until…

Early Christianity & Today: some shared questions
4 June 2008
In a lecture held at Gresham College, the Archbishop discusses and dissolves the assumptions and accusations…

May 2008

Archbishop Attends Opening of Goldsmiths' Exhibition
29 May 2008
The Archbishop attended, as patron, the opening of the Goldsmiths' Summer Exhibition: Treasures of the…

Archbishop reviews Philip Bobbitt's new book
17 May 2008
Dr Williams reviews Philip Bobbitt's new book, 'Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century'…

Archbishop Celebrates Selwyn College's 125th Anniversary
15 May 2008
The Archbishops of Canterbury, York and Wales, and Masters and Fellows of the College celebrated 125…

Government and business leaders talk climate change at Lambeth Palace
13 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the Bishop of London the Rt. Revd Richard Chartres…

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