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In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not part of the clergy, usually including any non-ordained members of religious orders, e.g. a nun or a lay brother. In both religious and wider secular usage, a layperson is a person who is not qualified in a given profession or does not have specific knowledge of a certain subject. The phrase "layman's terms" is used to refer to plain language that is understandable to the everyday person, as opposed to specialised terminology understood only by a professional.

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Organizations relating to Laity

Internationales Altkatholische Forum / Bern, Switzerland / Est. 1991
Equipe panafricaine de coordination des laïcs / Accra, Ghana / Est. 1971
Bodhimitra - International Lay Buddhist Forum / Est. 2007
International Lutheran Layman's League / Adelaide SA, Australia / Est. 1917
Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society / Amherst NY, USA
Council for Secular Humanism / Amherst NY, USA / Est. 1980
Movimento Laici America Latina / Verona, Italy / Est. 1966
Mouvement Europe et laïcité / Le Plessis-Trévise, France / Est. 1954
Solidarité laïque / Paris, France / Est. 1956
Groupe international 'Laïcat et communauté chrétienne' / Est. 1966
Laïcité et humanisme en Afrique centrale / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1997
Association débat croyants laïcs humanistes / Lisieux, France
Union des Adoratrices du Très Saint-Sacrement / Rome, Italy / Est. 1937
Carmelite Third Order / Rome, Italy
Don Bosco Volunteers / Rome, Italy / Est. 1917
Madonna House Apostolate / Combermere ON, Canada / Est. 1947
Servite Secular Institute / Caerphilly, UK / Est. 1943
Serve Secolari di Gesù Cristo Sacerdote / Madrid, Spain / Est. 1954
Soeurs camilliennes
International Brethren in Christ Fellowship
World Lay-Christian Association
Gruppo Laici Terzo Mondo / Naples, Italy
Socialist Secular Association / Est. 1981
International Buddhist Progress Society / Hacienda Heights CA, USA / Est. 1992
Coopération des laïcs en Amérique latine / Leuven, Belgium
Association of Lay Centres in Europe
Association of Christian Lay Centres in Africa / Est. 1970
International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism / Lincolnshire IL, USA / Est. 1985
International Federation for Secular and Humanistic Judaism / Est. 1986
International Brethren in Christ Association / Oakville ON, Canada / Est. 2005
Association of Theological Seminaries and Institutes in the Middle East / Beirut, Lebanon / Est. 1967
European Forum of National Laity Committees / Fribourg, Switzerland / Est. 1970
Egalité Laïcité Europe / Paris, France / Est. 2004

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World Problems relating to Laity

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Redundancy of workers

Action Strategies relating to Laity

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Releasing secular religious style
Taking catholic action
Revitalizing secular symbolic life
Secularizing politics
Lay preacher
Using secularization
Secularizing humanists
Developing progressive judaism

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