About Mardi

Photo by Wolf Kutnahorsky

The United Church Observer describes Mardi Tindal as “a great communicator,” adding “she excels at finding meaning and hope, then sharing it with those she encounters.”

Tindal has brought energetic leadership throughout her career as an adult educator and facilitator, organizational consultant, retreat centre director, writer, broadcaster and church leader. She has facilitated leadership formation with church, not-for-profit, government and business leaders, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Tindal is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator with Parker J. Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal; and the 40th Moderator of The United Church of Canada (2009-2012). She holds an MA from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, of the University of Toronto.

During her term as Moderator she collaborated with faith leaders throughout Canada and around the world, to encourage action on the moral challenges of global warming, climate and ocean change. For her, the work of healing soul, community, and creation is an interwoven effort. ‘Right relations’ with Aboriginal Canadians is among her priorities.

In December 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada.

Tindal became well known in the 1980s and 1990s as a co-host, story producer, and writer with Spirit Connection, the United Church’s former weekly national broadcast on Vision TV. Her work has also appeared on TV Ontario, CTV affiliate stations, and Anglican Video.

She has consulted widely with church and not-for-profit organizations, government and the private-sector, in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain to improve effectiveness, build productive teams, and navigate rapidly changing environments.

Among her many volunteer commitments, Tindal has served on the board of The United Church Observer, provided court support to women in conflict with the law as a volunteer with the Elizabeth Fry Society, and worked with students preparing for diaconal and ordained ministry.

She is author of Soul Maps: A Guide to the Midlife Spirit (published by Augsburg Books in the U.S. and in Canada by United Church Publishing House and Anglican Book Centre) and producer of the award-winning television special, Seasons of the Spirit.

Photo by Doug Goodwin

Tindal’s spouse is Douglas Tindal, a communications professional. They are the proud parents of two adult sons.

Tindal’s interests include theatre, hiking, reading, and locavorism.