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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

  • To learn more about a particular event, click on its title
  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on 'more' at the bottom right of the listing
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:30pm Transit Issues Night - Oshkosh First Congregational Church - Oshkosh
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Building a Better Community Discussion - OSHKOSH - Potluck Supper St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 5:30pm JOSHUA 12th Annual Banquet Gather on Broadway, 139 N. Broadway, Green Bay
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 7:30pm Immigration Task Force Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton

Introducing ESTHER's new organizer, Bill Van Lopik

Bill Van LopikESTHER's Leadership Board is proud to announce that Bill Van Lopik has been named our new Lead Organizer. Bill brings both vision and experience to his work with ESTHER. And, in the words of Fr. Joe Mattern, president of ESTHER, his “passion and commitment to doing justice for the poor promises to make a huge impact in the Fox Valley.”

We invite you to read Bill's own words explaining why this new work excites him and how he plans to approach being ESTHER's lead organizer:

… I have been so impressed with the history, mission and members of ESTHER who are committed to social justice and making our community an accepting place to live for all people. This is a movement that I am excited to be a part of and one that I feel that I can contribute to in a positive and substantive way. I come to this position with many experiences in my life that….

Building a Better Community Discussion - OSHKOSH - Potluck Supper

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

Friends and family enjoying a meal togetherYou are invited to further explore Your Faith, Your Values, and What You’re Willing To Stand For. This is the third and concluding session of community discussions during 2016, led by ESTHER. (You’ll enjoy the event whether or not you were able to attend earlier sessions.)

Bring a dish to pass, and share dinner with the diverse Oshkosh community as we explore the many facets of individual beliefs.


  • How does your faith manifest itself in your actions?
  • How do your values inform your choices?
  • What actions do you choose to grow yourself?
  • What responsibility do you have to family, friends, congregation and community?

For more information, contact Pastor Jewell at 920-235-6616

ESTHER's 12th Annual Banquet - November 13, 2016

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12th Anniversary Banquet: Speaking Truth to Power

Andy HallDee J. Hall

  • Sunday, November 13th - 5:00 PM
  • The Grand Meridian (2621 N. Oneida St.), Appleton
  • Keynote speakers: Dee J. Hall and Andy Hall, co-founders of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and

Join us for fellowship, a great silent auction, joyous music, a delicious meal, well deserved awards, and an altogether wonderful celebration.

Click here to download the banquet flyer.

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Fox Valley Islamic Society 2016 Interfaith Event

tree with arms for branches and hands for leaves“Building Cultural Diversity within Faith Communities”

Hosted by Fox Valley Islamic Society

Keynote speaker: Jon Pahl, Professor of History, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia

Panelists: representing Christian, Jewish, Unitarian-Universalist, and Muslim perspectives.

Dinner: follows the program

Sunday, August 14, 3:00-5:30 pm
Fox Valley Islamic Society
103 Kappell Dr, Neenah

An interfaith gathering where all are welcome.

RSVPs appreciated:

Click “Read more" to learn about two other events during 2016 Interfaith Weekend in the Fox Valley and download flyers.

Conversaciones Comunitarias y Convivio


“Construyendo una Comunidad Mejor: Igualdad, Equidad y Justicia”

Serie: Fe, Valores y Comunidad. Parte 2

Únase a ESTHER en un convivio seguido de una conversación con la comunidad para hablar sobre igualdad, equidad y justicia. Discutiremos preguntas como:

  • ¿Qué significa tratar a la gente de una manera justa?
  • ¿Cómo es una comunidad justa? ¿Quienes se benefician?

El evento es gratuito y abierto al público. Invitamos a cada hogar a llevar un platillo para compartir en el convivio.

Descargar folleto aquí y compartir con sus amigos y familiares.

Community Conversation and Potluck


“Building a Better Community: Fairness, Equity & Justice”

Part 2 of our faith, values, and community series

Join ESTHER on July 19 (Appleton) or July 21 (Oshkosh) for a potluck supper followed by a community conversation discussing fairness, justice and equity. We’ll be exploring questions like these:

  • What does it mean to treat people fairly?
  • How does lack of fairness arise in a community?
  • What does a fair community look like? Who benefits from it?

These events are free and open to the public. We invite each household to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Download flyer here and share with your friends and family.

Juneteenth Festival 2016

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Juneteenth Festival 2016 PosterNoon-6PM
City Park
500 E. Franklin St
Downtown Appleton

Juneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. African Heritage, Inc. (AHI), in collaboration with the City of Appleton, is hosting its seventh annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2016 in downtown Appleton. The family-friendly program will feature musical, dance and poetry performances as well as a Children‘s Village and community resource fair with food sales. Stop by and see us at the ESTHER booth! More info at African Heritage Inc.

Team ESTHER: Support us in the 2016 Human Race

Join Us - Human Race, April 30ESTHER will again have a team in the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's annual Human Race event. The walk itself will be on Saturday, April 30.  Our fundraising goal is $4,000— used to support leadership training and community-building that we will do this year.

There are two ways that you can help us meet our goal! First, you can join the team! And second you can help support us financially by visiting our team page and making your pledge:

Restore our Communities: Restorative Justice for Wisconsin

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David LinersDavid Liners, State Director for WISDOM, will be speaking in Appleon on March 2, 2016 under sponsorship of the Noonhour Philosophers program of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. His topic will be ROC Wisconsin, an ongoing project of WISDOM, working alongside its affiliates and partners (including EXPO—Ex-Prisoners Organizing), to reform the criminal justice system in our state so that it helps to build up our communities instead of tearing them down.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 S. Allen St., Appleton
  • Free and open to all; no advance registration required
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