On a serene patch of grass on La Crescenta's busy Foothill Boulevard sits a sign for St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church that says, “Come Join Us.”
The sign is nothing out of the ordinary for a place of worship, especially for this relatively new congregation which has called the ‘20s era building home since October 2009. But the flags that envelope it might make regular drivers who pass by the church on a daily basis look twice.
Fluttering side by side, they represent the countries of Mexico, Armenia, South Korea and the U.S. — a nod to the diverse ethnic makeup of the area, along with the rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, and the flag of the American Ecology Movement.
After driving by them for a few weeks, I became intrigued enough by the church's symbolic message of acceptance and inclusion of all —a component that is often missing from many of those who claim membership in a flurry of religious affiliations — to put on my Sunday best and attend a service at St. Luke's.