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layman

noun amateur, civilian, laic, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, one who has no specialized training, unnkilled practitioner, untrained person
Associated concepts: lay witness
See also: amateur

LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.

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But closely allied with them are laywomen such as Rosemary Haughton (whom Britain's Cardinal Basil Hume referred to as his favorite theologian), the African-American Diana Hayes, interreligious dialogue specialist Mary Boys, and Elizabeth Dreyer, with her work in narrative theology.
Also in the Buddha's sasana there were four groups of followers, bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, laymen and laywomen.
No longer were those of us "in the lower ranks," especially laywomen and laymen, merely foot soldiers marching to the drumbeat of "higher-ups," whom we didn't know and whom we rarely saw.
Not only are there "great nuns" (even though as a group, they have taken a hit from the Vatican), there are also many of us who consider ourselves "great" laywomen, ready and willing to take a leadership role in a newly organized church.
Discipline, Education and Training "Teaching Dharma to Children," "The Education and Training of Laywomen and Nuns," "Buddhist Women and Discipline : Transitions," "Historical Spread of Buddhism Throughout the World.
Being a professional laywoman I'm slightly more apt to have a heart for supporting the educational costs of other laywomen, but I am also well aware that were I not in a country where the church is as affluent as the American Catholic church, nor in a culture that allows single women beyond 30 to live without a male guardian or chaperone, that I too might have found religious life to be the only option to live a life of service.
The Buddha refused, saying that he would not do so until the Bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, laymen and laywomen were well established in their study and their practice.
She is one of the subcommittee's 14 members--eight laywomen, four priests and two women religious.
While monastic women in their multiple and distinctive colours and patterns of outfits made a prominent presence at Joongang Sangha University, the venue of the Conference, contributions of laywomen were also well recognized.
Pra Sripariyattimoil took a picture with some of the mae Jis and laywomen at the 3-month training.
While visiting Africa with the goal of assisting Christian outreaches, Cavnar met a group of Catholic laywomen who were serving the poor in Mozambique.
LONDON -- Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Malone of Liverpool, England, has suggested that Catholic laywomen should be allowed to administer the sacrament of reconciliation.