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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:

July 2012

"Christian Beginnings" by Geza Vermes - Archbishop's book review
14 July 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams' review of "Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325" by Geza…

Archbishop visits Abbey Court School
11 July 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams visited Abbey Court School in Gillingham to present the prizes at their annual…

Poetry evening - Camden & Lumen Poetry Project
3 July 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams, with fellow poets Fiona Sampson and John F. Deane, contributed to a poetry…

'The Voice of God' on BBC Radio 4
2 July 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury contributed to BBC Radio 4's 'The Voice of God', broadcast on Monday 2nd…

June 2012

'Faith, Poverty and Justice' - Lambeth Palace Inter-Faith Event with DFID
26 June 2012
Lambeth Palace hosted a launch of the Department for International Development’s 'Faith Partnership…

Faith in the Public Square - forthcoming book by Archbishop Rowan Williams
25 June 2012
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will release "Faith in the Public Square" in September.…

Language under stress: poetry and faith
20 June 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams met with poet and critic Fiona Sampson to discuss poetic and religious language…

Church Urban Fund "helps us see what society encourages us to ignore"
18 June 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a special evensong service held at St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate…

Evening Standard interview with Archbishop Rowan Williams
18 June 2012
An interview by Richard Godwin, published in the Evening Standard.

Sovereignty, Democracy, Justice - Archbishop's Magna Carta Lecture
15 June 2012
In his lecture “Sovereignty, Democracy, Justice: elements of a good society?” marking the forthcoming…

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