On November 6, the evening before we gather for our joint diocesan conventions, the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination will host an online Service of Reconciliation. This service, an introduction to the ongoing work that our congregations and dioceses will be doing together, is meant to bless and inspire our shared ministry of racial justice and healing.
The Rev. Lester V. Mackenzie will preach. Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach, California, is chaplain to the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church.
An active leader in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Mackenzie is a native of South Africa and a third-generation priest. He writes that he was “nurtured in the womb of freedom, the South African Anglican Church” during apartheid in Johannesburg and Cape Town. As a preacher, singer and percussionist, Mackenzie uses his South African story and African musical influences to encourage self-expression and reconciliation. He lives near the Pacific Ocean with his wife, Angela Mackenzie, a fourth- generation southern Californian, and their three children.
Plan to join Bishop Sean and Commission leaders at the service on the evening of November 6 as we pray for our relationships with God and one another to become ever more loving, liberating and life-giving. Watch for more information, including a time and Zoom link, coming in the fall.