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The Golden Domes

For years, I have enjoyed the sight of the golden onion domes of St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Glinting in the sun, they are a destination for the eye from all kinds of Echo Park places -- from Elysian Park, for example, where sometimes I designate my turnaround point as the first view of the domes. The funny thing about them is that they always seem far away, even from just below the church on Scott Avenue. The entrance to the church is on a short street, Sutherland, that ends in a dead end; it connects to only one other street (besides Sunset), which also dead-ends (Macbeth St.). Once you find the place, there is no encouragement to come in and look around. My assumption is that the congregation travels to attend, as I have not heard of a Ukrainian Orthodox community in Echo Park.

So, years have gone by without offering an occasion to enter the grounds of St. Andrews -- until Sunday, when the Echo Park Time Bank had the inspired notion to hold its monthly potluck/meeting in the church's meeting hall, which the Time Bank paid to rent.

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