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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 2003

Children and Parents - House of Lords maiden speech
26 March 2003
On March 26th 2003 the Archbishop of Canterbury made his maiden speech in the House of Lords. This came…

Archbishop takes seat in House of Lords
12 March 2003
Archbishops of Canterbury sit on the Bishops bench in the House of Lords, the UK's Upper Parliamentary…

January 2003

Archbishop of Canterbury - New Year Message for 2003
1 January 2003
This was Dr Williams' first New Year Message as Archbishop of Canterbury. First broadcast on New Years'…

December 2002

Archbishop's Desert Island Discs
22 December 2002
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme…

The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2002
19 December 2002
In his first major speech after becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams delivered the Richard…

July 2002

Announcement of Dr Rowan Williams as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
23 July 2002
10 Downing Street, the office of the UK Prime Minister, made the formal announcement of the appointment…

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