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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 2006

The Guardian Interview
21 March 2006
Transcript of a wide-ranging interview given to Alan Rusbridger, for the Guardian newspaper. Topics covered…

Faith Schools Provide An Essential Education
14 March 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a strong defence of faith schools as helping to provide the…

February 2006

World Council of Churches Assembly - Globalisation, Economics and Environment
18 February 2006
At the World Council of Churches Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Archbishop made the following…

Chaplaincy in Immigration Detention Centres
15 February 2006
During oral questions in the House of Lords on February 15th 2006 Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government…

Bicentenary of the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade - Speech to General Synod
8 February 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, made the following contribution during the General Synod…

Mansion House Speech : Antidote to Blasphemy v. Free Speech Arguments is Respect and Civility
7 February 2006
This speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at a dinner given by the Lord Mayor of London for the Archbishops…

January 2006

Rudyard Kipling Sermon
22 January 2006
A sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, given at a service to mark the 70th anniversary…

Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message 2006
1 January 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, with his New Year Message for 2006.

December 2005

The Archbishop on Bach
22 December 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, contributed to BBC Radio 3's "A Bach Christmas".

Simon Mayo Interview on BBC Radio 5 live
6 December 2005
The Archbishop was interviewed live on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 5 live on December 6th, about…

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