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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 2012

Lambeth schoolchildren walk jubilee elms to Lambeth Palace
11 May 2012
50 seven year olds from Walnut Tree Walk Primary School arrived at Lambeth Palace this afternoon with…

HRH Prince Charles opens exhibition at Lambeth Palace Library
1 May 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams and Mrs Jane Williams welcomed HRH Prince Charles to Lambeth Palace to open…

April 2012

Archbishop reviews books by Sandel and Skidelsky in Prospect magazine
26 April 2012
In an article for Prospect magazine, Archbishop Williams reviews two recent and thought-provoking books…

Archbishop Commemorates the Martyrdom of St Alfege
20 April 2012
To commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr…

March 2012

Archbishop supports early intervention youth work on visit to St Peter's, Harrow
29 March 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams visited St Peter’s Church in Harrow, North West London, to learn about some…

Archbishop's address at Welsh Assembly
26 March 2012
The Archbishop visited the National Assembly of Wales and delivered a keynote address on the subject…

Literature Wales launches 2012 Literary Tourism programme
24 March 2012
In the National Museum Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke about his love of Welsh literature…

Archbishop Rowan's day in St David's, Wales
24 March 2012
On Saturday morning Archbishop Rowan Williams preached to a packed cathedral in the city of St David’s…

Archbishop opens community centre at St Andrew's Fulham Fields
22 March 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has joined Baroness Margaret Eaton and over 200 members…

Archbishop's Cadbury Lecture: Idols, Images and Icons
16 March 2012
Dr Rowan Williams gave the closing lecture of the Cadbury Lectures series 2012 at the Barber Institute…

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