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laity

(lā′ĭ-tē) [Gr. laos, the people]
Individuals who are not members of a particular profession such as law, dentistry, medicine, or the ministry.
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Lay persons often commit all sorts of offenses, like road rage on the highways; they forget to demonstrate patience, and maintain law and order - just because of some trigger-quick reaction that pushed their anger button.
Aimed more at those studying the subject rather than the lay person.
It is important that the expert be able to explain even complex issues to a lay person.
In short, the lay person may provide the link between the technical clinical world and the ordinary outside world.
The book is written in a clear straight forward way to appeal to the lay person but will still be interesting to graduate students and policy makers in environmental regulation and economics.
This is not a rabbinic explanation of the Bible but a personal one from a lay person interested in both the tenants of her religion but in the way in which individuals have lived within it.
But Mrs Davies said: 'I fully believe that any jobs in the church that can be done by a lay person should be open to men and women alike.'
In the new series of The Last Judgement on RTE1, to be screened at 10.15pm, Fr D'Arcy will insist he still wants to be a priest and would not be happy as a lay person.
Welsh would become the third female moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the first lay person (although a diaconal minister, also a woman, held the office in 1996).
"The fact that Bishop Coffin has licensed Linda Fisher Privitera in the diocese of Ottawa rather seems to foreclose further diocesan dialogue regarding same-sex marriage," wrote Norman Henderson, a lay person in the diocese.
It varies between easy-to-follow histories and stories of people who have contributed to the development of music, to detailed musical information which is less easy to follow to the lay person.