from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who congregates, especially a member of a group of people gathered for religious worship.
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- n. A member of a congregation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a congregation or assembly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a congregation (especially that of a church or synagogue)
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At midnight, I decided to call a congregant of mine in California, where it was three o’clock in the afternoon.
The new four-track EP by Mr. John Darnielle is now up for sale as a digital download at satanicmessiah. com and is available at three different price points / levels of worship: "congregant," "devotee" and, the highest of the three, "acolyte."
Benjamin, another Mexican congregant, notes that “the Americans sometimes feel more in the minority than the majority” at the parish.
“Being a member of Beth Emet has allowed me to live out my sense of Jewish identity by working on social justice issues with talented and committed people,” says one congregant.
One lifelong congregant remembers that OSL began “literally with twenty families,” and the original white wood-frame chapel was built “out in the country on a gravel road leading out of Houston.”
“Where is the outreach center again… is it downtown still?” one congregant asks another as they walk upstairs after Sunday services.
Beth Emet also opened the first soup kitchen in Evanston, which is run entirely by congregant volunteers.
In place of a crucifix, the wall behind the altar bears a painted multicolor tribute to what one congregant calls “the upward progress of black people throughout the world.”
One congregant goes so far as to call OSL “the most conservative church in the world.”
One congregant describes the parish as “a highly educated, reasonable church, filled with thinking people.”