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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on 'more' at the bottom right of the listing
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:30pm TIP Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force UU Fellowship
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist, Neenah-Menasha, 108 W. Doty Ave. Neenah
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC, Appleton Riverside Room Downstairs
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:30am - 4:00pm FREEDOM SUMMER COMES HOME- This is a free public event. Opera House Square, Oshkosh

Poverty Summit for the Fox Valley: September 23rd, 2:00-4:30 PM at St. John UCC in Appleton

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Please join us!

Greater Fox Valley Poverty Summit especially for Faith Leaders, Ministry Leaders, and People of Faith

 

When: Tuesday, September 23rd

Time: 2:00-4:30

Where: St. John UCC, Appleton (1130 W Marquette St.)

 

Join us for an afternoon of learning and sharing as we grapple with:

  • What poverty looks like in Wisconsin and in the Fox Valley region?
  • What is our distinctive voice as people of faith in the public square?
  • How can we make a difference in alleviating poverty?

 

To RSVP, email us at esther.foxvalley@gmail.com or call 920-843-8083.

Click here to download a printable flyer.

 

Public Hearing & Candidate Forum on Prison Reform

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Inmate in a cellTell your legislators what you think! ESTHER’s Treatment Instead of Prison (TIP) task force is sponsoring a candidate forum and public hearing on Sept. 23 in Neenah. At the last forum, legislators came together for true dialogue around the table. The public gets to hear and better understand legislators’ positions on issues of prison reform. If you have a question or story to share, this is your chance!

Help spread the word; download and share the flyer here (PDF;1.6 meg)

Fox Valley Interfaith Gathering Set for September 21, 2014

Audience listening to speaker at Interfaith GatheringOnce again the Fox Valley Islamic Society is inviting all churches, synagogues and people of faith in the Fox Valley to their Annual Interfaith Gathering at their mosque (103 Kappell Drive, Neenah). The meeting will gather over 200 people of faith in the Fox Valley to hear speakers talk about Establishing Peace based on Justice and Fairness from the perspective of various faith leaders in our community. September 21 is also the 30th anniversary of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace—What better way to demonstrate our striving for peace than this interfaith dialogue?

Pink Dots Everywhere - ESTHER's First "Issues Night" a Big Success!

Issues Night participants placing their "pink dots" to vote on issuesForty people gathered in at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Menasha on July 22 for ESTHER's first “Issues Night.” In an hour and a half of conversation, dozens of important community concerns were raised, explored, and voted upon. When the dust had settled, seven issues had risen to the top. A couple were already on ESTHER's radar, but the majority were new to us. Want to compare your list to ours? Click “read more” below …

Sr. Helen Prejean Coming to Fox Valley

Sister Helen Prejean speaking into microphone

Mark your calendars!

We are thrilled to announce that Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and tireless advocate for humane treatment of incarcerated persons, will be the keynote speaker at ESTHER’s 2014 Annual Banquet on December 7th. Celebrating 10 Years of Justice, ESTHER invites the entire community to hear this compelling speaker, reminisce with friends, find holiday treasures in the silent auction, and look ahead to ESTHER's next 10 years.

  • Sunday, December 7 (no Packer Game that day)
  • 5:00-8:30 PM
  • Radisson Paper Valley, 333 W College Ave, Appleton

 

Another $1.5 Million for Treatment Alternatives!

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The state legislature recently approved a $1.5 million annual increase to the TAD (Treatment Alternatives and Diversions) fund. This amount builds on the $1.5 million increase that was approved in the summer of 2013. In the past year, funding for treatment alternatives has gone from $1 million per year to $4 million per year. Based on the past performance of TAD programs, we can conservatively estimate that the $3 million/year increase will result in:

“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out”

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Cover of Voices from Inside“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out” is now available. The book contains excerpts from some of the hundreds of letters WISDOM has received from inmates since the start of the 11×15 campaign. The letters touch upon a variety of themes, and each of them reminds us that prisoners are human beings with hopes, dreams, regrets and questions. The letters are accompanied by reflections from judges, bishops, pastors and others, as well as important facts about the criminal justice system.

Books can be obtained from any local WISDOM group or from the WISDOM office—3195 S. Superior St., #310, Milwaukee, WI 53207. A $5 donation per book is suggested.

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

Interfaith harmony wheelSupporters of interfaith harmony in the Fox Valley are gathering on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week by breaking bread together and exploring their common vision. All are welcome!

Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2013 ESTHER challenge match campaign. When everything was counted, 103 people either made new contributions during 2013 or increased the amount of their support during 2013 as compared to 2012, for a total of $7,830 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool.

What a VICTORY!! Thank you for supporting ESTHER's work.

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