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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:

January 2008

Archbishop's New Year Message 2008 - God 'Doesn't Do Waste'
1 January 2008
Video and full text of Archbishop Rowan Williams' New Year Message, on the theme of care for the environment…

December 2007

Pause for Thought on Terry Wogan, BBC Radio 2
20 December 2007
Every Child is Precious - the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaks about children and…

Climate Change Action a Moral Imperative for Justice
19 December 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that the case for action on climate change is…

Archbishop's Speech at the Launch of Inter Faith Consultation
17 December 2007
The Archbishop spoke at the launch of a new document, issued by the Department of Communities and Local…

Tea and Toast with the Archbishop
11 December 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury invited three Kentish teenagers to his home in Canterbury for tea and toast,…

Why Social Cohesion Needs Religion - Building Bridges Conference, Singapore
6 December 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has given a wide-ranging lecture today in Singapore,…

Brief Press Encounter at Singapore University
4 December 2007
The Archbishop responds to press questions about the content of the Building Bridges seminar, the environment…

The Conflict between Religion and Modernity
1 December 2007
Reproduction of an interview feature, which originally appeared in Emel, a Muslim magazine.

November 2007

Church Leaders - A Climate Treaty for Climate Justice
30 November 2007
European church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, have warned governments…

Video Message for World Aids Day 2007
28 November 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said churches need to be brave, imaginative and honest…

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