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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:

June 2012

Archbishop: What gift do we leave our children?
12 June 2012
A video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in advance of the Rio+20 UN Conference…

Archbishop visits Hindu Temple to learn about Near Neighbours programme
7 June 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams, visited Shri Vallabha Nidhi Hindu Temple in Waltham Forest,…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon at Diamond Jubilee Service
5 June 2012
In his sermon for the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty…

Archbishop of Canterbury's video on The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
1 June 2012
Speaking in a short film produced by Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about The Queen’s…

May 2012

Archbishop’s Pause for Thought message on the Diamond Jubilee
31 May 2012
In his contribution to BBC Radio 2's Pause For Thought programme, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan…

Churches Together in England on the Diamond Jubilee
31 May 2012
The Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) have acknowledged The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with…

House of Lords debate on role and contribution of faith communities
29 May 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, made a contribution to Lord Sacks’ debate in the House…

Archbishop visits Coffee Tots in Coventry
25 May 2012
Archbishop Rowan visited an imaginative new project, Coffee Tots, which is changing the lives of many…

Archbishop's speech at Rochester Diocesan Gathering
19 May 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke spoke at the Diocese of Rochester's conference in Beckenham on Saturday…

Archbishop of Canterbury talks about Macbeth
15 May 2012
As part of the BBC's 'Shakespeare Unlocked' season, Archbishop Rowan Williams was asked to speak about…

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