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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:

July 2005

Archbishop's Tribute to London
14 July 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has paid tribute to London and the British press in…

Archbishop - 'respond with hope'
14 July 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, led the observation of the two minutes silence for the…

Presidential Address - General Synod, York, July 2005
11 July 2005
The Presidential Address by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Faith leaders' statement following terrorist attacks in London
10 July 2005
Senior religious leaders have joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace,…

Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' after London Terrorist bombs
8 July 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gives his 'Thought for the Day' on BBC Radio 4's Today…

Archbishop of Canterbury: Statement on London Terrorist Attacks
7 July 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his horror and grief following the explosions…

June 2005

Faith leaders G8 appeal to Prime Minister
29 June 2005
Senior religious leaders from three faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - have come together to…

London Forum on G8 - 'action on poverty needed now'
29 June 2005
A group of UK and US church leaders has called for decisive action and firm commitment on poverty from…

Archbishop delivers major address - The Media: Public Interest and Common Good
15 June 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to challenge journalists and broadcasters to regain…

May 2005

'The Mission for L'Arche Today' - Address at L'Arche International Federation Meeting
29 May 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivers an address at the L'Arche International Federation…

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