Rev. Jed Mannis was the founder of the Outdoor Church in Cambridge, which was supported by many congregations. Jed also mentored many area divinity students.
Reception to follow at the King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St., Boston.
The Rev. Jedediah Mannis, died suddenly early Monday morning, September 9, 2019.
To those who knew him and worked with him, he was Jed. For the street folks of Cambridge, he was "Jedediah." They were his parishioners and he was their pastor, the man who tirelessly counseled them, visited them in shelters and hospitals, and offered them Communion at Porter Square worship services, and on Sunday and Tuesday night walk-arounds. Sometimes he also helped them with their legal problems. He and the Outdoor Church staff and volunteers provided food, water and socks, too, but Jed always said the ministry was a church first, and that the food that fed the hungry homeless was a sacrament.
Jed was a New York native who came to Boston by way of Yale University. He was a lawyer for 30 years before he found his second calling, tending to men and women who were ignored by almost everyone else. He started the Outdoor Church with co-founder and Episcopal Deacon, the Rev. Pat Zifcak, in 2003. He got a Harvard Divinity School degree in 2004 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Over the years, Jed mentored scores of other Harvard Divinity School students who wanted to learn from him about his powerful and special ministry, transforming many lives by his example. In 2009 he published a book about his work, Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church, and he was always a teacher, most of all by what he did week after week.
The Rev. Mannis leaves his wife Joyce, to whom he was married for 47 years, his two children, Jenny and Josh, his grandchildren, Nina and Cyrus, and countless others who mourn his loss.
Jed’s spirit will abide on the streets where he did so much. Rest in peace, thou good and faithful servant.
The Memorial Service for the Rev. Mannis will take place at King’s Chapel (58 Tremont St., Boston, 02108), where Jed was a member, on Wednesday, October 23 at 2 PM. A reception will follow at the King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St., Boston.
(This obituary was written by Lane Lambert, and edited to add family and service information)