Clergy

  • (left to right) george carey, archbishop of canterbury (1991–2002); jonathan sacks, chief rabbi (uk); mustafa cerić, grand mufti of bosnia; and jim wallis, sojourners, united states. 2009 world economic forum in davos, switzerland.

    clergy are formal leaders within established religions. their roles and functions vary in different religious traditions, but usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. some of the terms used for individual clergy are clergyman, clergywoman, and churchman. less common terms are churchwoman and clergyperson, while cleric and clerk in holy orders both have a long history but are rarely used.

    in christianity, the specific names and roles of the clergy vary by denomination and there is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including deacons, elders, priests, bishops, preachers, pastors, ministers and the pope.

    in islam, a religious leader is often known formally or informally as an imam, qadi, mufti, mullah, or ayatollah.

    in the jewish tradition, a religious leader is often a rabbi (teacher) or hazzan (cantor).

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Clergy are formal leaders within established religions. Their roles and functions vary in different religious traditions, but usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the terms used for individual clergy are clergyman, clergywoman, and churchman. Less common terms are churchwoman and clergyperson, while cleric and clerk in holy orders both have a long history but are rarely used.

In Christianity, the specific names and roles of the clergy vary by denomination and there is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including deacons, elders, priests, bishops, preachers, pastors, ministers and the pope.

In Islam, a religious leader is often known formally or informally as an imam, qadi, mufti, mullah, or ayatollah.

In the Jewish tradition, a religious leader is often a rabbi (teacher) or hazzan (cantor).

Other Languages
العربية: رجل دين
asturianu: Cleru
Bân-lâm-gú: Sèng-chit-chiá
беларуская: Духавенства
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Духавенства
български: Духовенство
català: Clergat
čeština: Duchovenstvo
Deutsch: Klerus
español: Clero
Esperanto: Kleriko
euskara: Klero
فارسی: روحانی
français: Clergé
Gàidhlig: Pears-eaglais
galego: Clero
한국어: 성직자
hrvatski: Svećenstvo
Bahasa Indonesia: Rohaniwan
italiano: Clero
עברית: כמורה
Kiswahili: Kleri
Latina: Clerus
latviešu: Garīdzniecība
Lëtzebuergesch: Klerus
Ligure: Cêxîa
magyar: Klérus
македонски: Свештенство
مصرى: اكليروس
Nederlands: Geestelijke
日本語: 聖職者
norsk: Presteskap
norsk nynorsk: Presteskap
occitan: Clergat
português: Clero
română: Cler
русиньскый: Клер
русский: Духовенство
Scots: Clergy
shqip: Kleriku
sicilianu: Cleru
Simple English: Clergy
slovenčina: Duchovenstvo
slovenščina: Klerik
српски / srpski: Клер
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kler
suomi: Papisto
svenska: Prästerskap
Tagalog: Klero
українська: Духовенство
Tiếng Việt: Giáo sĩ
吴语: 圣职人
粵語: 神職人員
中文: 圣职者