Hello Prairie, Hello World! My name is Calisse Weidner, and I say this greeting because I have realized that my boundaries on being a “welcoming community” extend to not just Prairie, but our community and beyond.
I thank my father, Charles Hughes for this one…He was a cultural anthropologist and told stories of his travels far and wide; from Nigeria to the St. Lawrence Island in northern Canada! I was fascinated, and felt a connection to People–near and far–from his experiences and stories.
Religions have always fascinated me as well. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah (!) I saw a lot of a certain religion that was quite interesting to me, and I realized that religion is something very powerful in shaping the lives of so many. For me, I also realized that it needs to be what resonates from deep within me, and no institution nor creed should or could tell me how to Be or feel from inside my spirit to out into the world.
I serve as Lifespan Educator, and can be reached at [email protected].