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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:

May 2006

Assisted Dying - The Today Programme
12 May 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster discuss their opposition to the…

Assisted Dying - Joint Faith Leaders Letter to The Times
12 May 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury and other faith leaders signed a letter to The Times raising their concerns…

Nursing, Dignity and Florence Nightingale - Sermon at Westminster Abbey
10 May 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that respect for the individual needs to be…

Climate Change: a Moral Issue - address to the Tyndall Centre
4 May 2006
The Archbishop was invited to address members of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the…

Environment - Ethical Man, BBC 2 Newsnight
4 May 2006
Justin Rowlatt, a reporter for BBC 2's Newsnight programme spent a year trying to live ethically. As…

April 2006

Shakespeare - The Today Programme
24 April 2006
Jim Naughtie interviewed Rowan Williams and Gregory Doran (Chief Director of the RSC) for BBC Radio 4's…

A Sermon for Shakespeare Sunday
23 April 2006
A sermon by the the Archbishop of Canterbury on poetry and prophesy for the birthday of William Shakespeare.…

Doubtful Mysteries Blind us to Real Faith - Mail on Sunday article
16 April 2006
The following article appeared in the Mail on Sunday. It reflects on how the conspiracy theories of 'The…

Easter Surgery - Pause for Thought with Terry Wogan, BBC Radio 2
11 April 2006
The Archbishop talked about preparing for Easter and operations when he appeared in the 'Pause for Thought'…

March 2006

Climate Change - Interview for the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
28 March 2006
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Archbishop discusses the importance of urgent…

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