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LAITY. Those persons who do not make a part of the clergy. In the United States the division of the people into clergy and laity is not authorized by law, but is, merely conventional.

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In my view, the old clerically-dominated model of church leadership is no longer appropriate (if it ever was) in an era in which the laity are finally being asked to play a bigger role in their church.
Mark Laity, spokesman and chief for Strategic Communications of NATO, in his interview for ARENA in Brussels, among other things explains that the intervention of the Alliance in Skopje village Aracinovo, when ONA soldiers were evacuated, was upon the request of the Government and the then Macedonian President.
It was Spener, over a century and a half after the Reformation who designated the laity as a "spiritual priesthood.
In ten chapters, Lakeland revisits themes of his earlier Liberation of the Laity (2003), especially the need for accountability and adult behavior on the part of all church members.
The study of the laity during the Middle Ages has been an active area of interest to researchers in recent years.
But diocesan priests, those priests who served parishes under the local bishops' direct supervision, understood that birth control was a sensitive topic because it involved highly private and intimate behaviors and because the laity might resent parish priests for addressing the issue directly and forthrightly.
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.
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.
Those sentiments presume that faith ministers find it so much easier than laity to live up to the high standards of their particular religion.
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.