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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:

March 2007

House of Lords Speech Opposing 'Super Casinos'
28 March 2007
The Archbishop spoke in the debate on gambling and super casinos and, along with the Bishop of Southwell…

The Archbishop on George Herbert and Henry Vaughan
28 March 2007
This address about the poetic work and influence of Herbert and Vaughan was delivered to the Temenos…

Slavery is 'God's Grief' - Sermon at Westminster Abbey
27 March 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said the enslavement of human beings is the greatest…

Reparations for Slavery - Press Briefing from Lambeth Palace
26 March 2007
Some news reports today [Monday 26th March 2007] have suggested that Dr Rowan Williams is calling for…

Slavery and Freedom: Address to Worshippers on the Walk of Witness
24 March 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury's address to worshippers at an open air service in Kennington Park. The…

'Slavery Still With Us' - Archbishops Publish YouTube Reflection
14 March 2007
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today published an innovative online reflection on the nature…

Archbishop's visit to Christ's Hospital, Horsham
14 March 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury visited the school of Christ's Hospital in Horsham, where he preached at…

Archbishop Encourages Zimbabwean Anglican Church to Develop 'Independent Voice' on Human Rights
7 March 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Archbishop Bernard Malango, Archbishop of Central…

February 2007

Scars of Slavery Still With Us
19 February 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said the scars of slavery are still with modern…

'Amazing Grace' - sermon at Zanzibar Cathedral
7 February 2007
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at a service in Christ Church Cathedral…

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