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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:

October 2011

Church schools provide “biggest possible picture” for good citizenship
14 October 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, preached today at Westminster Abbey in a service to…

Archbishop visits Trinity Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi
7 October 2011
Archbishop Rowan Williams visited Trinity Secondary School, run by the Diocese of Southern Malawi, during…

September 2011

Archbishop's visit to Camberwell Farmers' Garden
30 September 2011
In the late September heat wave, Archbishop Rowan Williams spent time on Friday afternoon picking tomatoes…

Archbishop's sadness at death of Wangari Maathai
30 September 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed his sadness on learning of the death of…

Archbishop visits St Augustine's CE High School
30 September 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, visited St Augustine’s Church of England High School…

Archbishop hosts launch of USPG's Hands on Health
26 September 2011
USPG Anglicans in World Mission launched their new health programme Hands on Health at Lambeth Palace…

Archbishop addresses Anglican Academy and Secondary School Heads
22 September 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, welcomed the Conference of Anglican Academy and Secondary…

Archbishop's visit to St Christopher's Hospice
9 September 2011
On Friday 9th September, Archbishop Rowan Williams visited St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham, London.…

August 2011

Archbishop speaks in House of Lords on unrest
11 August 2011
Following the recall of the House of Lords in response to the events of recent days, the Archbishop of…

A Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
11 August 2011
The Church of England has published A Prayer for Peace in Our Communities online.

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