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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:

October 2006

Sunday Schools Change and Death Penalty Concession Amongst 'Signs of Hope' for China
24 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of his encouragement at the changing context of church life in…

China - Universities Have 'Essential Role' in Public Life
13 October 2006
Universities fulfil an essential role and responsibility in building up a healthy society, the Archbishop…

Archbishop Calls for Secure Future for Hospital Chaplaincies
6 October 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has given his strong support to the work of hospital…

September 2006

Interview: The Good Childhood Inquiry
18 September 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme to talk about…

July 2006

Trust in God is Faith's Answer to 7/7 Attacks
9 July 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams said today that faith communities can best counter extremist…

June 2006

Father's Day Interview on BBC1
18 June 2006
Mary Rhodes interviews the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for BBC 1's Heaven and Earth…

Sermon on the 80th Birthday of The Queen
15 June 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon on the occasion of the Service of Thanksgiving for the Eightieth…

The Archbishop on Dostoevsky's 'Devils'.
1 June 2006
An article for The Reader magazine's Summer 2006 issue, on Dostoevsky's novel 'Devils'.

May 2006

The Churches' Role in the Civic Life of the Nation : House of Lords Debate
19 May 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury called a debate in the House of Lords on "the contribution of the role of…

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill - House of Lords
12 May 2006
The Archbishop spoke in the debate in the House of Lords on Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally…

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