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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:

April 2008

Archbishop condemns recent violence against lesbian and gay people
9 April 2008
In response to reports of violence and threats towards Christians involved in the debate on human sexuality,…

Archbishop Visits Johanna Primary School
3 April 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams visited the Johanna primary school in Lower Marsh, Lambeth…

March 2008

We live in a culture of blame - but there is another way
23 March 2008
The Observer - The Archbishop of Canterbury tells why the Easter story can help humanity escape a lethal…

Archbishop's Holy Week Lecture: Faith & Politics
18 March 2008
A lecture given by The Archbishop of Canterbury in Westminster Abbey during Holy Week 2008 - the second…

Archbishop Visits Redeveloped St Martin in the Fields Church
14 March 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams visited the redeveloped St Martin in the Fields Church…

Interview with BBC Radio 4 on Redevelopment of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
14 March 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke to BBC Radio 4 about his reflections on visiting…

The Archbishop on poet W.H. Auden
12 March 2008
A foreword from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for the Guardian paper's "The Great…

Archbishop Welcomes Landmark Report on Faith Communities' Big Contributions
11 March 2008
A landmark report published today suggests that the contribution of faith community congregations to…

February 2008

Archbishops' response to Government consultation on blasphemy
29 February 2008
As the Government publishes its amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill to abolish the blasphemy laws,…

Children need more space, less ultrasound, says Archbishop
26 February 2008
The full text of the article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, published in The Guardian…

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