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We Will Keep Walking!

“We Come Bearing Peace”  December 15, 4 pm Tuesday, December 10 was International Human Rights Day.  Together with people of diverse cultures and religions, we brought the Posada to the Immigration Court in Bloomington, MN.  We even brought the big puppets of María y José (Mary and Joseph) to walk with us as the sun […]

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We come bearing peace

 “Pedimos posada/we ask for shelter” A procession, a prayer, a cry through the streets of our city. Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm.  We walk through the streets of our city, with Mary and Joseph for all who seek shelter. We will keep walking! We will keep opening the door! We will not let fear and […]

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This is the day!

 (What Are You Waiting For?) It’s been really cold in Minneapolis this week—January-style cold not even halfway through November. Fortunately, our arts and healing program can take place indoors, year-round. This week, our Artistic Director Luísa worked with participants and staff from the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center on a panel they began this summer.  Our […]

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It may be fall… but it’s planting time!

Just a Few Days until Give to the Max DAY, seed planters!  You can be a planter of hope and beauty in the neighborhood, by supporting us on Give to the Max Day, November 14. Here’s some incentives to get you going: $25: One of our prize youth photographs $50 One youth photograph and one […]

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Harvesting seeds that others planted

Help Us Keep Seeding Hope and Beauty! Look at these photos from our Young Leader Program, going back to 2010.  Where are these young women now? One is a sophomore at St. Olaf College.  Some have married and started families.  Some work full time jobs.  And one is on our board of directors! We know […]

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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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