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Richard Manley-Tannis BA (Hons), MA, DipDM, MTS, PhD Principal, St. Andrew's College

Richard Manley-Tannis is a Diaconal Minister in The United Church of Canada with pastoral experience in a multi-team environment and has worked in organizational change and development in secular, not-for-profit and faith-based contexts. His doctoral was completed at Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 2020. His doctoral work explored the history of The United Church of Canada through relational construction. The intention of his project has been to outline ways in which the denomination might navigate the change it is currently navigating.

Richard can be found online blogging regularly and engaging in conversations that range from nurturing the social good to whether Star Trek or Star Wars best reflects the aspirations of our times. If you would like to join him, please do know you are invited to connect with him on the A Deacon's Musing blog, through social media or on Academia.edu

Research and Organizational Interests:

Social media and evangelism, Generational intersection between secular society and the church, Appreciative Inquiry, Relational Construction (as a postmodern orientation) to engage in conversation with the North American Christian experience, conflict resolution/management and fostering alternatives to an adjudicative and retributive paradigm.

Professional and Academic Background:

  • 1993-1995: Course & Research Assistant, Department of Classics, Trent University
  • 1995-1998: Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics, Queen’s University
  • 2004: Theme Facilitator, Society for Pastoral Counselling Research: Faith Based Mediation, St. Paul’s University (Ottawa)
  • 2005: Theme Facilitator, Kairos: Young Adult Event, Saskatchewan Conference, The United Church of Canada
  • 2005-2007: Victim-Offender Mediator, Sask Justice: Dispute Resolution Office/Community Services Branch;
  • 2007-2010: Facilitator/Blog Contributor, Emerging Spirit Programme, The United Church of Canada
  • 2004-2013: Conflict Resolution Facilitator, The United Church of Canada;
  • 2007-2013, Diaconal Minister, Pastoral Ministry, Winnipeg
  • 2011-2013: Programme Team/Facilitator, Designated Lay Ministry Training Programme, Calling Lakes Centre, The United Church of Canada
  • 2001-2018: Maya Consulting (Owner), Organization Change and Conflict Management
  • 2013-2018: Winnipeg Presbytery, Minister of Evangelism, Mission & Church Development
  • 2018-Present: Principal, St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK, CAN
  • 2020-Present: Taos Associate

Select Media

  • 1988: Article, Dispute Resolution, Glebe Report
  • 1998: Thesis (MA) Greek Arbitration, Queen’s University
  • 2004: Article, Faith Based Mediation: A Discussion, SPCR/Novalis
  • 2010: Thesis (MTS), The Johannine Community, St. Stephen’s College
  • 2011: Discussion Paper, Intentional Community
  • 2017: Podcast, How an Intimate Conversation Can Strengthen the Collective
  • 2017: Presentation, Theological Education: An Unfolding Conversation
  • 2018: Workshop. “Appreciative Inquiry: Exploring the Provocative.” Mandate. Toronto: The United Church of Canada. Fall 2018: 31-34.
  • 2019: Workshop. “Social Media & Evangelism.” Mandate. Toronto: The United Church of Canada. Winter 2019: 28-31.
  • 2008-Present: Blog, A Deacon’s Musing