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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 2012

Justice for Women service with Anglican Alliance and Mothers' Union
15 March 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams and Mrs Jane Williams attended a special eucharist to affirm the achievements…

Motion for an Humble Address on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
15 March 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the 'Motion for an Humble Address on the occasion…

Pedal power at Lambeth - Shrinking the Footprint supports Rabbi relay bike ride
14 March 2012
Cycling Church of England staff and London clergy stopped off at Lambeth Palace on their way to work…

Ecumenical and International Development gatherings in Geneva
1 March 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury travelled to Geneva for a three day visit (27th February – 1st March)…

February 2012

Human Rights and Religious Faith
28 February 2012
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights has made a profound impact in fighting injustice and is…

Ash Wednesday Declaration - Operation Noah calls on church to tackle climate change
22 February 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury has signed the Ash Wednesday Declaration, launched by Operation Noah, which…

The Queen attends multi-faith reception at Lambeth Palace
15 February 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams hosted a multi-faith reception for Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh…

Archbishop invites public nominations for £10,000 theology prize - deadline 16th March
9 February 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams is inviting members of the public to nominate titles for the Michael Ramsey…

Archbishop's address at wreath laying ceremony for Charles Dickens
7 February 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered an address at a wreath laying ceremony at…

General Synod: Debate on Assisted Dying
6 February 2012
In a debate on Assisted Dying, the Archbishop of Canterbury warned that changes to the law to allow assisted…

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