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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 2012

St Paul's issues Prayer to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee
31 January 2012
The following Prayer, written at The Queen's direction by the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral for Her…

Archbishop visits Prison Radio Association at HMP Brixton
20 January 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury visited the Prison Radio Association at HMP Brixton yesterday, during which…

Poetry with Archbishop Rowan at Argyle Primary School
18 January 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams visited Argyle Primary School in Camden at the end of the school’s Poetry…

Archbishop visits Magdalen College School
12 January 2012
Archbishop Rowan Williams visited Magdalen College School in Oxford, an independent school for boys which…

Archbishop's BBC New Year Message
1 January 2012
Speaking in his annual BBC New Year message, the Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the importance…

December 2011

Archbishop on Dostoevsky - Radio 4's 'One to One' programme
27 December 2011
BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall interviews Archbishop Rowan Williams about his fascination…

Archbishop's Christmas sermon – ‘Don’t build lives on selfishness and fear’
25 December 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury says Christmas challenges individuals and whole societies alike not to build…

In Congo or in Croydon, God is there for us
24 December 2011
The following article by Archbishop Rowan Williams was published on Christmas Eve in The Times newspaper,…

House of Lords Debate on Christians in the Middle East
9 December 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury introduced and closed an almost 5-hour debate in the House of Lords on the…

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Providence Row homeless day centre
6 December 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, together with the Joint Presidents of the Council of…

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