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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:

February 2008

Faith in the Future
22 February 2008
Reflections and answers to questions given by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 22 February 2008, in Great…

Archbishop reflects on visit to Emmaus Homeless Community
22 February 2008
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York spent time during their joint visit to Cambridge looking at the…

Cambridge Consultations - 'A World to Believe in'
22 February 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York made a joint visit to Cambridge from 20 - 22…

'Faith, Reason and Quality Assurance - Having Faith in Academic Life'
21 February 2008
A lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, held in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge.…

Rowan Williams on Writing - Heffers Bookshop event
21 February 2008
Dr Rowan Williams gave an insight on his thoughts and experiences on writing, from lectures to poetry.…

Archbishop reflects on visit to Oakington Immigration Centre
20 February 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke about his experience of visiting the Oakington Immigration Centre…

The Archbishop's Speech on Gambling at the General Synod
13 February 2008
The Archbishop spoke on the subject of gambling at the General Synod in London 2008. The video and transcript…

Archbishop Hosts China-UK Seminar on Religion and Society
12 February 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a study day with Chinese and British academics to consider the topic…

Presidential Address to the Opening of General Synod February 2008
11 February 2008
Videos and transcripts of the presidential address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams,…

'Sharia law' - What did the Archbishop actually say?
8 February 2008
There has been a strong reaction in the media and elsewhere to the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks…

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