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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:

January 2005

Does a right to assisted death entail a responsibility on others to kill?
20 January 2005
An article for The Times on euthanasia and assisted dying legislation.

New Year Message 2005 - Tate Modern, London
1 January 2005
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivers his New Year Message for 2005.

December 2004

Christmas Message from the Archbishop of Canterbury
17 December 2004
A Christmas message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, December 2004.

November 2004

Prince Pays Tribute to Church of England's Role in Voluntary Work
22 November 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and HRH the Prince of Wales have taken part in a seminar…

The Nicholas Hinton Lecture - National Council for Voluntary Organisations
17 November 2004
A lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, given at the AGM of the National Council…

Archbishop to Host Volunteering Seminar
16 November 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to host a seminar at Lambeth Palace on 'Volunteering,…

October 2004

States Need to be Comfortable with Public Faith - Archbishop's Chatham Lecture
29 October 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that secular states need to be more comfortable…

July 2004

'Community Well-being' - Archbishop visits Rose Street Methodist Centre, Wokingham
30 July 2004
An address from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, during a visit to the Rose Street Methodist…

General Synod: Intervention in the debate on Trade Justice
12 July 2004
An intervention by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the General Synod in York.

Just Williams - Observer article
11 July 2004
The Archbishop of Canterbury talks to Roy Hattersley about Tony Blair, war and God. This article, written…

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