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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:

December 2011

Archbishop's response to Guardian/LSE 'Reading the Riots' study
5 December 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, wrote this article for the Guardian newspaper, Tuesday…

Archbishop asks ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ in Christmas issue of Radio Times
5 December 2011
In an article for the Christmas edition of the Radio Times magazine, the Archbishop of Canterbury considers…

November 2011

Archbishop - national safety net needed to help society’s ‘forgotten’ young runaways
30 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, paid a visit to The Children’s Society’s Safe In…

Archbishop gives evidence to Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform
28 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury gave evidence in person to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Government's…

Archbishop's video message for Climate Change Talks in Durban
27 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has released a video message of support at a multi-faith…

Considering Restorative Justice - lecture by Crispin Blunt MP
24 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a lecture by Crispin Blunt MP on Restorative Justice. The event…

'Long life to the diversity of communities'
21 November 2011
Archbishop Rowan Williams, speaking at the launch of Inter Faith Week 2011, said that society desperately…

Archbishop's speech at Lord Mayor's Banquet
14 November 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered a speech at the annual Lord Mayor of London's…

Archbishops question case for elected House of Lords
11 November 2011
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York question the rationale for a wholly or mainly elected House of…

Time for us to challenge the idols of high finance
1 November 2011
The full text of an article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, published in The Financial…

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