Jedediah Mannis

Adjunct Instructor
B.A. Yale University, 1966
J.D. Yale University, 1969
M.Div. Harvard Divinity School, 2004

Rev. Jedediah Mannis, an ordained UCC minister, is a founder and minister of the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, an outdoor church for chronically homeless men and women, as well as its President and Treasurer.  For the last eleven years, the Outdoor Church has offered prayer services and pastoral assistance outdoors in all seasons and all weather in order to be accessible to men and women who, because of shame or embarrassment, hostility or illness, cannot or will not enter conventional churches.  Prior to his ordination in October of 2004, Rev. Mannis provided pro bono legal services to many members of Common Cathedral in Boston, an outdoor church for homeless men and women.

Rev. Mannis is also the executive director of the Shelter Island Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of forest land, wildlife habitats, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive open space through the limited development of otherwise fully developable land.  He is a graduate of Yale College, Yale Law School and the Harvard Divinity School.  Rev. Mannis is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court and United States Tax Court.  He has published Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church (Wipf & Stock, 2009) and, with Galen Wilson, edited Bound to be a Soldier:  the Civil War Letters of James T. Miller  (Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2001).  A book on street theology is in progress.


TC796 Toward a Theology of the Streets