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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
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm ESTHER Issues Night "JUSTICE and JOES" St. Patrick Parish, 324 Nicolet Blvd., Menasha
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 5:30pm TIP Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Sunday, August 10, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, August 16, 2014 (All day) Gamaliel National Weeklong Training in the Midwest TBA
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force UU Fellowship Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist, Neenah-Menasha, 108 W. Doty Ave. Neenah

Justice & Joes, Community Issue Night: July 22nd

“Justice & Joes”

Tuesday, July 22nd

6:30-8:00 PM

St. Patrick Catholic Church

(324 Nicolet Blvd., Menasha)

ESTHER is holding a community issues night to hear from people like you about the challenges that you, your congregations, and your neighborhoods face.  In part, we aim to be aware of the issues impacting people in our community, but ESTHER is also looking to possibly expand its work and adopt a new justice issue to address. Your participation is important in this process.

 Come early, sloppy joes will be served starting at 6:00 pm.  This event is free and open to all! Questions? Call us at 920-843-8083 or email us at


Click here to download the flyer.


ESTHER Approaches Human Race Goal of $4,000

As of May 10, ESTHER walkers in the Human Race had donated more than $3,000. Donations can still be made towards the goal of $4,000 until May 19. Visit ESTHER's Human Race page at

June 6-7: Leaders for Justice Training

Leaders for Justice 2-Day Training

Leaders for Justice 2-Day Training will be on June 6th - 7th at Union Congregational Church in Green Bay. This 2-day leadership training held by ESTHER and JOSHUA will outline the core concepts of becoming a great leader at tackling issues of injustice in your community.


June 6th - 7th

Union Congregational Church, 716 South Madison St, Green Bay

TIME:    Friday, 5:00-9:00 PM dinner included     

Saturday, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, lunch included

COST:    $25 with meals included

REGISTER NOW!  Click here for online registration.

You can also register offline by email us at with your name, contact information, and congregation/organization.  Please send a check, payable to ESTHER, PO Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.


About leadership training: This 2-day leadership training held by ESTHER and JOSHUA will outline the core concepts of becoming a great leader at tackling issues of injustice in your community. What you can expect:

  • Get an overview of community organizing 
  • Learn tools of relationship building through one-on-one conversations
  • Get best practices to develop teams and address issues
  • How to hold effective meetings and building strong organizations
  • How to focus your issue work and take action to win
Phone: 920-843-8083

Get yourself registered now!

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:

Celebrating a Decade of Justice - Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM

ESTHER invites the community to join us on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 PM in celebrating A Decade of Justice! This Spring Gathering event will be held at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2600 East Philip Lane, Appleton) and is free and open to all.

See flyer for more details.


















Download the flyer here.

ESTHER Joins the Human Race

Join us! Human Race Saturday May 3, 2014

When the Fox Valley Volunteer Center’s 14th annual Human Race takes place on May 3, ESTHER’s JUSTwalk team members will be proud participants. Since we need to continue our work, for ESTHER, the walk is a way to raise both funds and our visibility in the Fox Cities.

Would you please help us?

“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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