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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 2007

Commission of Inquiry Needed into Failing Penal System - Lecture 'Criminal Justice - building responsibility'
1 February 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the Penal…

January 2007

Press Conference: Remarks on the Sexual Orientation Regulations and Supercasino Proposals
30 January 2007
During a press conference today at Lambeth Palace the Archbishop gave the following answers to supplementary…

Legislating For Conscience - interview with BBC News
24 January 2007
An interview between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the BBC's Robert Pigott, for BBC News at Ten. The…

Equality Act Regulations: Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Prime Minister
23 January 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister regarding…

Archbishops welcome BA uniform policy review
19 January 2007
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have welcomed the decision by BA to change its uniform policy…

New Year Message 2007 - 'Hunger for Justice Will Change the World'.
1 January 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that we need to feel the same hunger for justice…

December 2006

Archbishop's Interview as Guest Editor of the Today Programme
29 December 2006
On 29 December 2006, BBC Radio 4's popular current affairs 'Today' programme was guest-edited by the…

Archbishop's Hopes for 2007 - An Article for the Big Issue magazine
19 December 2006
In an article written for the Big Issue magazine, published on December 18th 2006, the Archbishop sets…

Commercialisation of Childhood
13 December 2006
Interview by Bill Turnbull on BBC 1's Breakfast programme on the issue of the growing commercialisation…

Christian Unions - An Article for the Times Higher Education Supplement
8 December 2006
The following article, written by the Archbishop for the Times Higher Education Supplement, followed…

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