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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 2005

Tsunami 2004: A Service of Remembrance St Paul's Cathedral
11 May 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave the following sermon at a memorial service held…

April 2005

A planet on the brink - Independent on Sunday
17 April 2005
An article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, on climate change for the Independent…

March 2005

Archbishop issues letter to Party Leaders
31 March 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has issued a pre-election open letter, urging party…

An Easter Message to the Anglican Communion
22 March 2005
From the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, highlighting the resolve of the Primates of the…

Why Abortion Challenges Us All
20 March 2005
An article by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Sunday Times.

Lecture at Chatham - Archbishop calls for fresh approach on new neighbourhoods
16 March 2005
In his Lecture at Chatham 'Sustainable Communities', the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams,…

Ecology and Economy - Archbishop calls for action on environment to head off social crisis
8 March 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has warned that without a radical rethink of the relationship…

February 2005

General Synod: Speech in debate on the environment
17 February 2005
A speech given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

Debate on Africa, Millennium Development Goals and Causes of Conflict
2 February 2005
The House of Lords debated Lord Hannay of Chiswick's motion "to call attention to the report to the United…

The Archbishop's foreword to 'Sharing God's Planet'
1 February 2005
Sharing God's Planet is a book commissioned by the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council…

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