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  • adj. Not ordained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not ordained.
  • Inordinate.


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  • This Chicago UU church hasn't "unordained" him so he still considers himself a minister.

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  • Although it was not formally instituted until 1972, at the turn of the century, particularly in the more open West, unordained women preachers (Ray Frank was the most famous) conducted services in West Coast Jewish communities where there were no rabbis.

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  • When he steps up to the altar, the unordained Catholic minister becomes a frenetic whirlwind of energy using a mix of professional wrestling, Hip Hop and Scripture to bring Jesus to thousands of teenage worshippers.

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  • The very faith which so attracts me to the priestly role tells me that, unordained, I cannot exercise it.

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  • We cannot expect priests to make us holy; only when we live out the priesthood of believers ourselves in humble, unordained fashion, will we get "enough" and holy enough priests.

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  • Better for unordained Christian leaders to stick with a tailored suit and large cross or plain stole which really should not be worn by the un-ordained, but I see seminarians do it all the time.

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  • But if push is going to come to shove, and if we're going to speak of who we are inclined to believe, then I am going to sing the praises of the unordained.

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  • And major advances in Unitarian theology have always had significant participation from non-clergy: There were unordained people -- most notably women -- in the central group of Transcendentalists; the organization of the National Conference of Unitarian Churches in the mid-1860s introduced lay representatives of churches for the first time; the early 20th-century Unitarian movement was promoted more aggressively and probably more effectively by the independent Unitarian Laymen's League than by the denomination itself.

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  • He was a young, and like herself or Asa, unordained minister or evangelist of, however, far stronger and more effective temperament religiously.

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  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, appear to have been unordained ministers of the proselytizing and mission-conducting type-people who, from all I can gather, are really, sincerely religious and right-principled in every sense.

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