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Come and listen to the Elm Tree!

Maybe you didn’t know that elm trees could talk!  Trees have been around much longer than we humans, and know how important our Mississippi watershed is.  They know that healthy land, healthy water, healthy air are vitally necessary to have a healthy community.  They are great teachers.  As part of our emphasis on neighborhood healing, […]

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Lighting up for Peace

We were blessed by so many artists at our September 21 celebration of International Peace Day: lantern makers, musicians, projection artists, youth photographers, puppeteers and chalk artists.  But perhaps the biggest artist of all was Light itself.  What is it about light shining in the darkness that so stirs our souls? We walked through the […]

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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 […]

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Bearing Fruit

The Blossoming of a Young Leader The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts at St. Paul’s invests in youth from an early age.  We believe in nurturing the artistic and social vision and energy of youth. From an early age.  One of our favorite quotes is from Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. […]

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Seeds are growing! Summer rolls on!

Our corn was more than knee high by the 4th of July, and the tomatoes and chiles and beans are doing great as well! With all the rain we’ve been receiving, the weeds are doing well also! But with the hard work of our Farmer Silas, and the help of the Young Leaders, we are […]

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Day Camp is coming!

¡PROGRAMA PARA NIÑOS! Semilla and St. Paul’s Lutheran’s annual summer day camp for children 3 to 11 is June 10-14.  The theme for the summer is: “This Sacred Land.” Each day, from 10 am to 2 pm, children will explore our connection with the earth, the Spirit and the community.  Activities include: Art with Sandy […]

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Semilla has been around town!

May is barely half gone, and it has already been a busy month At the May 3-4 Assembly of the Minneapolis Area Synod, our Artistic Director, Pr. Cabello Hansel designed three panels on the themes of ending world hunger, protecting the earth and unity among peoples. Dozens of people helped make an entire mosaic in […]

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Semilla Night at the Global Market!

Poetry, Live Music, Youth Photography! May 9, 5:30-7:30 Join us on Thursday, May 9, from 5:30-7:30 as we celebrate poetry, music, and spring!  Our youth photographers will be showing some of their latest masterpieces, and we will hear from wonderful poets from age 7 to 66.  Plus live music and surprises! The lineup includes: Jazz […]

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SAVE THE DATE! Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Each Palm Sunday, St. Paul’s marches down 15th Avenue and Bloomington to Lake Street, carrying banners and flags, singing and stopping to lift up the concerns of our neighborhood. We never know what the weather will be: sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s sunny, it may rain, it may snow.  But one thing we do know […]

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Time to think gardens!

We just set a record for the snowiest February in Minneapolis, and more snow is on the way. So, it’s a perfect time to talk about gardens!  We never know exactly when we will be able to plant in Minnesota, but we do know that NOW is the time to plan for that planting. The Semilla […]

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