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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Buddha taught self-discipline to the Sangha members of his day, and to the countless lay persons he interacted with in his forty-five years of ministry.
Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Moth Catcher is as highly recommended to the lay person with a budding interest in natural science as it is to professionals curious to hear a firsthand account of fieldwork and its astonishing results.
It said it would be "absurd to hold that as a matter of law a Catholic priest working in a prison is of a different religious belief to a Catholic lay person working in a prison".
Extensively researched, illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs, and enhanced with numerous suggestions for further reading A Handbook To Appalachia is enthusiastically recommended for any scholar or lay person seeking a relatively brief yet comprehensive survey of the region, whether for collegiate interdisciplinary studies or simple curiosity.
Written for the lay person, Lessons From The Miracle Doctors offers sound advice on enzymes, herbs that promote health, how to keep one's liver clean, turning around one's thoughts to a positive attitude, the incomparable value of vigorous exercise, and much more.
"It's about the lay person being dedicated to bringing [gospel values] to bear on temporal structures.
"In our situation, any lay person actually going through the papers and looking at the lines would have seen something was wrong," says Klinefelt, now an Eastpointe (Michigan) city council member and mayor pro tem.
And even better, it's written with non-specialists in mind: details are inclusive but not so technical the average lay person can't understand, and while it offers extensive in-depth details and chapters in everything from terms and concepts to diseases, its function as an understandable overview isn't lost.
Written in plain terms for the lay person, It Takes More Than Love deals with practical matters such as how to objectively assess the physical and mental well-being of a loved one, how to effectively communicate with doctors, family members, and the older adult in one's life, how to provide safe and respectful personal care, how to balance one's needs with those of the loved one, finding necessary services, when to make the nursing facility decision and how to choose an ideal location, and much more.
For example, researchers, perhaps preoccupied with the problem of statistical power for small populations, are often stricter than a lay person might expect as to what constitutes positive evidence of an environmental health problem.
Contracts manager Mick McHugh, who received the award on the winners' behalf at a presentation in Sunderland's Stadium of Light, said: "The judges look at the site not just from a building perspective, but also through a lay person's eyes.
It is a privilege, both to experience their faith and joy, and, in return, to be able to help them financially, and in other ways, eg, bringing over a priest or lay person for a period of study, to cultivate and further knowledge.