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laity

[lā′itē]
Etymology: Gk, laikos, of the people
a nonprofessional segment of the population, as viewed from the perspective of a member of a particular profession. A clergyman may regard a physician as a member of the laity and vice versa.

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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The cream, Laity says, prevents sweat rash and chafing in these areas and appeals to people who are overweight, active sporty people who run the risk of chafing, and elderly people who are bedridden and have thin skin.
We were very engaged with your government of that time with the purpose of introducing democratic and political changes, aimed at removing the legitimate agitation towards the Albanians, but at the same time wishing to be just with the Macedonians, too," Laity explains in relation to what happened in 2001.
Changes in alms-distribution paralleled changes in the place of the laity within the MIA, making the process more streamlined, efficient, and anonymous.
Tentler argues persuasively that the laity ceased to value church officials' moral judgments once the pope rejected his own commission's determination that continuing the ban was theologically untenable.
Perhaps using these is the best way for the laity and progressive religious to put forth an agenda for the church of the here and now and the immediate future.
Woodcock Tender suggests that if these debates had been more publicly accessible and understood, the laity and clergy might well have formed a united resolve to navigate these complex issues of morality and ethics, and their sometimes-perceived incongruities--together.
Much today is being written on the relation between religion and science, but it is not often accessible to laity of either science or religion.
I read the Declaration on the Laity in tears, thankful that I was no longer a second-class citizen and that the "feminine" virtues were to be hallmarks in the future of the church.
The laity program reflects the college's new mission statement that focuses on transformational leadership.
Incidentally,if Ministers are paid to be good,does that mean that the laity are good for nothing?
He has large themes, such as the puritanism of the leading mendicants, their inability at times to understand adequately the realities of lay life, and their tendency to impose upon the laity the ethos, if not even the exigencies, of the cloister.
The author addresses issues that pervaded society at the time and sets for herself the daunting task of investigating how an emerging Catholic laity would find their place in that society while at the same time creating their own identity.