We Practice Peace

Peace is something we long for, whether it be inner peace, peace in our neighborhood, or world peace. And peace is something that often seems scarce. This has been a challenging year for our neighborhood and our world. Locally, the opioid and homelessness crises have spiked; globally, we have seen terrible persecution of migrants and the destruction of the environment, among other horrors.

In the midst of that reality, we at Semilla try to practice peace. We are teaching our youth non-violent ways of resolving conflicts, and we are working with partners to bring healing and understanding to our community.  We have decided to celebrate that peacemaking on International Peace Day, September 21, with a street festival and peace lantern procession.

Peace Lantern Festival

September 21 is also close to the autumnal equinox, when in Minnesota, we begin turning toward the dark. We will celebrate both light and darkness that day. From 5-7 pm, we will have a street fair, with bouncy castle, games and live music, our Young Leader puppet show and food for sale. At 7 pm, we will see our Young Leaders puppet show, directed by Bart Buch. We will learn some peacemaking songs, and then walk to spaces in our neighborhood that need peace. At the end, we will enjoy more music and a projection of images on the church wall.

We hope you can join us!  We are also offering two free lantern making workshops, where children and adults can make beautiful lanterns for the Peace Lantern Festival.  Sunday, September 8 at 1:30 pm, and Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm. Both of them will be at St. Paul’s, 2742 15th Ave S. in Minneapolis.

The Phoenix rises!

Our literary magazine, The Phoenix of Phillips, is now open for its 6th edition. The theme is “Hope”.  Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in Phillips is welcome to submit poetry, essays or short stories.  (Don’t live or work here?  Do we have volunteer opportunities for you!)

A poetry contest for youth, with cash prizes, will be announced in October.  Keep checking our website at for details.  If you’d like to sponsor one of the prizes for a young poet, please let us know at  Sponsorships range from $20 to $100.

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