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« Reply #22: April 14, 2007, 10:24:45 pm »

I'm really only quoting this to quote something, but I think before I defined clergy/laity in my path, I'd need to know more; I don't really know what separates the clergy from the laity in a mainstream path other than the name. What is expected of a member of the clergy that is not expected of the laity, and vice versa?

Depends upon the religion as to the difference between laity and clergy.

Catholic's require that certain religious activities in a worship service only be done by an ordained priest.

Jews have no religious activities that require clergy (see exception later in post).  any religious worship can be done by any Jewish male over the age of 13 (for Reform and Conservative also women). the exception is certain prayers can only be said by members of the heridtary priests, but such priests are not clergy, and don't even have to be practicing Jews.

That covers the religious side.

On the pastoral side is the idea that clergy are leaders, counselors, confidants and such. Laity is a standard member of the congregation.

So, are there things that only certain members of your religion can do in a religious worship? Ie, can only the 3rd degree people call down the goddess?  If so, you have clergy. Are your leaders expected to provide counseling to the rest of the group? If so, you could be considered to have clergy and laity.

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