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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:

November 2007

Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
19 November 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave the following sermon in Westminster Abbey at the…

October 2007

Service of Thanksgiving for 25 years of Helen House, Oxford
27 October 2007
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at a service held in Christ Church…

Abortion - fundamental convictions about humanity need to be kept in focus
21 October 2007
In an article for the Observer newspaper marking 40 years since the UK parliament passed the Abortion…

How Religion is Misunderstood
13 October 2007
A lecture given at Swansea University, focusing on some of the main misconceptions about religion put…

September 2007

Archbishop's New Climate Change Adviser
19 September 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has appointed Paula Clifford on a six month secondment…

Daily Telegraph Interview
12 September 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was interviewed by Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester…

Faith Communities in a Civil Society - Christian Perspectives
10 September 2007
In a lecture to the Christian Muslim Forum Conference in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, Dr Rowan Williams,…

July 2007

Archbishop Receives Award for Environmental Role
13 July 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has received an award from parliamentarians for his…

June 2007

Time Magazine Interview
18 June 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury is on the front cover of the European and African editions of Time Magazine.…

May 2007

Prospect magazine article: Rowan Williams
26 May 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was interviewed by Lesley Chamberlain for the following…

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