Christopher J.L. Lind
February 25, 1953 - July 11, 2014
Celebrations of Christopher's life were held in Vancouver, Sorrento, Saskatoon and Toronto.
VANCOUVER: A celebration of the eucharist in thanksgiving to God for the life and ministry of Christopher James Langbourne Lind, PhD was held at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver on July 26, 2014.
SASKATOON: A celebration of Christopher's life took place at St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, on Friday, September 12, 2014.
SORRENTO: A Memorial Service and Interment of Ashes was held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the outdoor chapel at Sorrento Centre, to celebrate the life and legacy of Christopher Lind, former Executive Director. A reception will take place on site after the service.
On Saturday, August 30 everyone was invited to a prayer flag making workshop at Sorrento Centre to make prayer flags that were used at the memorial service.
TORONTO: a celebration of Christopher's life was held at Church of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Trinity Square, west of Eaton Centre) Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 2 pm.
Memorial donations to the Embracing Transformation Campaign, in memory of Christopher, can be sent by cheque payable to Sorrento Centre at PO Box 99, 1159 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W0, or made online here »
Letter to Associates at the time of his Death
I am sorry to have to let you know that our Executive Director, Chris Lind, died very peacefully on the morning of July 11, 2014. He was at the Vancouver Hospice with his wife Anne and his children, Emily and Aaron, who let us know here at Sorrento shortly afterwards.
Chris leaves behind a vision and legacy of hope and vitality for the Centre - a legacy which all here at the Centre are determined to continue and build on. While there is an enormous sense of shock, grief, and sadness among both staff and guests, there is nonetheless an acceptance of the reality of life and an acknowledgement that the ministry that makes Sorrento so special will continue – a ministry to which Chris himself was so committed.
Shortly after we heard the sad news Peter Roundhill, Melissa Green, and I led a gathering of all the staff early in the afternoon and later shared the news with the entire community at the final Eucharist in the afternoon. Our process has been so well supported by Board members Kathie MacDuff and Jenni Sirges, who are on site, as well as having Rev. Andrew Halliday, Rev. David Taylor, The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz (Primate), and Rev. Dan Hines to care for us. Fred offered some very moving prayers and blessings and we had some amazing music and singing at the Eucharist. The flag was lowered as a mark of respect for Chris.
Chris’s wife, Anne Elliott, and the family are returning to Sorrento on Sunday and will stay here for a while. At present there are no firm plans for services other than the expectation that there will be a memorial service at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, in a few weeks time with services to follow in Saskatoon and Toronto. Chris's ashes will be interred in the memorial garden here at the Centre at some point.
As you give thanks for Chris's life please remember both Anne, Emily, and Aaron, and the Centre in your prayers as we all face grief and share in the vision for the future.
Chair of the Board
Homily by Bill Crockett at the Memorial Service for Christopher Lind at Christ Church Cathedral on July 26, 2014 - link »
A pdf of the liturgical leaflet for the service at the Cathedral July 26, 2014 - link »
Christopher Lind's "Resurrection Playlist" - link »
Meaning, Healing, and Belonging. A homily by Chris Lind / Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver (September 09): link »
Excerpts from a prayer led by The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, at the Eucharist on the day Chris Lind died:
... Into the sadness and smiles of our memories We lay you down;
Into the cycle of living and dying and rising again We lay you down;
May you rest in peace, in fulfillment, in love,
May you run straight home into God’s embrace.
Into the freedom of wind and sunshine We let you go;
Into the dance of the stars and the planets We let you go;
Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the Starmaker We let you go.
We love you, we miss you, we want you to be eternally happy.
Go safely, go dancing, go running home.
- Ruth Burgess
- Rumours of a Moral Economy by Christopher Lind - here »
- Something's Wrong Somewhere: Globalization, Community and the Moral Economy of the Farm Crisis by Christopher Lind here »