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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

Archbishop's lecture - Civil and Religious Law in England: a religious perspective
7 February 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams delivers the foundation lecture in the Temple Festival…

Civil and Religious Law in England lecture - Question and Answer session
7 February 2008
Transcript of the question and answer session following the Archbishop's lecture at the Royal Courts…

Archbishop on Radio 4 World at One - UK law needs to find accommodation with religious law codes
7 February 2008
An interview with Christopher Landau of the BBC Radio 4 'World at One' programme, on the Temple lecture…

Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2008
6 February 2008
The Archbishop's Foreword for this year's Lent Book.

January 2008

Archbishop on Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill
30 January 2008
Interview with the Press Association.

Archbishop criticises 24 hour drinking
30 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave a wide ranging interview to Martha Linden of the…

Archbishop's lecture - Religious Hatred and Religious Offence
29 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gives the James Callaghan Memorial lecture entitled…

Interview with Roger Bolton for The Sunday Programme on Radio 4
27 January 2008
The following transcript of the Archbishop talking to Roger Bolton is from the Sunday Programme recorded…

Archbishop's Liverpool lecture: Europe, Faith and Culture
26 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, gave a lecture entitled 'Europe, Faith and Culture'…

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - House of Lords Report Stage
15 January 2008
The Archbishop attended the first day in the House of Lords of the Report Stage of the Human Fertilisation…

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