Associates’ Work/Study Week

May 4, 2014 - May 10, 2014
Offered by Sorrento Centre
Sorrento BC


Friday, MAY 4 – Monday, MAY 10, 2014

Associates’ Work/Study Week:
The Geography of Vocation
with Pat Thompson and Christopher Lind

In the days long before GPS, wayfinders navigated unknown terrain with uncanny skill. They depended on signs, cues and inherited wisdom to help set direction and stay the course.

Today, we’re rediscovering how to use their tools to chart the “geography of vocation” – or what Frederick Buechner describes as “the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s great hunger.”

Pat Thompson

Christopher Lind and Pat Thompson will help Associates map their vocational journeys. Together, we’ll reflect on where we’ve been and what’s next.

Each morning and evening, they’ll lead conversations on the encounters, experiences and practices that can guide us at every age and stage. They will also be available to meet with Associates one-on-one during the week.

PAT THOMPSON is the Senior Advisor to the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. For more than 30 years, she has worked as a political advisor, nonprofit executive and leadership consultant.

As a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto), Pat has explored the connections between vocational, organizational and civic renewal in the nonprofit sector. She’s a lifelong member of the United Church of Canada. You can learn more about Pat at and her vocational renewal work at

Christopher LindCHRISTOPHER LIND has had many jobs in his life – with the Canadian Council of Churches, St. Andrew’s College Saskatoon, St. Stephen’s College Edmonton, and the Toronto School of Theology.

Taken together they have formed a career. However, a vocation is different from a career. It is reflected in a career but runs much deeper in one’s soul. What’s deeply true is that he is passionate about formation, reformation and transformation.

Since 2010 he has taken delight in responding to this call as Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre.

Andrew PikeAssociates’ Week Worship

ANDREW PIKE, originally from Ireland, studied in Dublin and began his priestly ministry there before coming to British Columbia in 1971. He has served his entire ministry in Canada in the diocese of New Westminster in five different parishes and as Archdeacon of Vancouver.

Having retired from parish ministry at the end of 2008, he now assists with Sunday supply as needed. Andrew has been on the Board of Sorrento Centre for several years and became the Chair in 2013.

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