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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:

May 2008

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - Archbishop's Mail on Sunday article
11 May 2008
Article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in The Mail on Sunday.

'A higher responsibility' - Interview with Paul Richardson
8 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams was interviewed by Bishop Paul Richardson for the Church…

Archbishop - Religious Faith and Human Rights
1 May 2008
Tonight the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams will give a lecture at the London School of…

April 2008

Archbishop's sermon at St-Martin-in-the-Fields
28 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at a special Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the renewal of…

Archbishop - Protect the poorest from the effects of economic downturn - House of Lords debate
25 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today called on the government to do more to protect…

Archbishop's environment interview - 'Green Futures' magazine
25 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, spoke about wide-ranging environmental issues in an…

Interview with Radio 4 'Today' programme on credit, debt & inequality
25 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams spoke to John Humphrys on Radio 4's 'Today' program…

Archbishop Pays Visit to The Deptford Churches Centre and 999 Club Homeless Centres
24 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury is Patron to both homeless charities in Deptford and visited them to meet…

Crisis Homeless Charity Celebrates 40th Anniversary
22 April 2008
The charity Crisis aims to fight homelessness and empower people to fulfil their potential and transform…

Archbishop's sermon at Stephen Lawrence memorial service
22 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at at a memorial service to mark the 15th anniversary of Stephen…

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