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Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

  • Save the Date: ESTHER's 11th Annual Banquet set for December 6. (Read More)
  • 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
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 5:00pm ESTHER Annual Banquet Grand Meridian, 2621 North Oneida Street, Appleton
Monday, December 7, 2015 - 6:00pm TIP Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force UU Fellowship, Appleton
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (All day) NO December Religious Leaders Caucus Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC, Appleton Riverside Room Downstairs

Our Challenge Together: Building a Beloved Community

Our Challenge Together:
Building a Beloved Community

ESTHER strives to bridge the many divides that separate us:

  • Madison Action Day 2013We’re working to reduce the overuse of incarceration by promoting treatment alternatives and fixing a broken parole system
  • We’re getting to know the marginalized in our midst and working with them to tell their stories throughout our community
  • We’re helping ordinary people find their voices by teaching them how to organize and build power in their community
  • We’re meeting with elected officials, asking them to keep humanity and fair treatment, not partisan talking points, at the forefront.

In all these ways and more, were bridging religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural divides by lifting up a vision we all can share—of the Beloved Community. We need your help to continue this work. Will you help ESTHER build its financial strength by claiming a $7,000 challenge grant before December 31? (See our progress here.)

Yes, I'll Help!

ESTHER's 11th Annual Banquet - December 6, 2015

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Douglas Walker11th Anniversary Banquet: Building the Beloved Community.

  • Sunday, December 6th - 5:00 PM
  • The Grand Meridian (2621 N. Oneida St.), Appleton
  • Keynote speaker: Douglas Walker, criminal justice reform coordinator, United Methodist Church
  • Emcee: Rev. Jane Voigts, the “irreverent reverend”

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.

Solitary Confinement Cell comes to Fox Valley

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Solitary Confinement in Wisconsin



ESTHER is hosting a life-size replica of a solitary confinement cell in the lobby of the Communications Art Center at UW-Fox Valley (1478 Midway Rd, Menasha) during the week of October 5th-9th. The cell is open at no cost for the public to experience from 10:00am-8:00pm on October 5th-7th (Mon-Wed) and again on October 9th (Friday).

Three community events are planned for the week:

  • Monday, October 5th at 6:30pm - Mental Illness and Incarceration, Community Forum. Community leaders share about the impact that incarceration, as well as solitary confinement has on those with mental illness. Free and open to all.
  • Tuesday, October 6th from 11:30am-1:30pm - Religious Leaders Experience. Open to all religious leaders, lunch included. Please RSVP by phone at 920-843-8083 or email
  • Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30pm - Solitary Confinement and Prison Reform, Community Forum. Experts present the effect that solitary confinment has on individuals and what's being done in Wisconsin. Free and open to all.

To schedule a group or class to experience the cell contact us by phone at 920-843-8083 or email

Print event flyer here

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Support Drivers Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin

ESTHER is 100% behind the efforts of Rep. Jocasta Zamarippa (8th Assembly District, D) and cosponsors in the State Legislature to provide Drivers Cards for residents of our state who do not have proof of legal residency. (See Assembly Bill 343 and Senate Bill 258.) Drivers Cards will enable people who need to drive—to get to work, to attend school, for health care, for emergencies—to do so legally. At the same time, our communities will benefit though safer streets and fewer people driving illegally. That's why so many mayors and chiefs of police around the state support this legislation.

Let the games continue!

With help from ESTHER, a group of Latino soccer players is at last able to use public soccer fields and other facilities at Wittman Park in the Town of Menasha without being subjected to harrassment and racial slurs, and without indifference from Town officials. Gustavo Nunez, one of the players who took a lead role in seeking a resolution to the issue, stated, “We want to thank you and all of the people you worked to figure this situation out with us. After many years of playing with the fear of harassment and removal from the fields, we can finally say that we have been playing in peace this last month and since the beginning of your help.” ESTHER is proud to have worked with these courageous players to ensure that their voice was heard. Together we are encouraged by our collective action to make the community, particularly our public parks, more welcoming to all.

Romeo and Juliet - Picnic and a Play

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Romeo & Juliet
Wed, July 29 5:00-8:00 pm

Join ESTHER for an evening of Engagement, Enchantment, and Entertainment!

A picnic and a play performed “Renaissance Faire-style” by Pastor Steve and Dee Savides!

Fox River Environment Educational Alliance (1000 N. Ballard Rd, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $10 adults; $5 under 12; $25 family

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Leaders For Justice Training

​2-Day leadership training offered by ESTHER, JOSHUA, and RUTH. This is an ideal opportunity both for new leaders and for experienced leaders who want to work more effectively in their faith communities and organizations.

Date: June 19-20

Friday: We begin at 5:00 PM with a dinner followed by time for reflection, continuing with the training until 9:00 PM.
Saturday: We work from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM

Place: First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St., Appleton
Cost: $25 including meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday)

Download a flyer to print

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People of Faith United for Justice, Madison Action Day - 2015

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Give Voice to Your Values; Take the ESTHER Bus to Madison on April 29!

Come with us on the bus to Madison on April 29, 2015. We will join people of faith from all over Wisconsin to learn, be inspired, and advocate for justice. We will gather at Bethel Lutheran Church just off the Capitol Square, to hear stirring speeches by Hannah Rosenthal, president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and Rev. Everett Mitchell, pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, and Community Relations Director for UW-Madison. After educational workshops and lunch, we will march to the Capitol to meet with our legislators and discuss prison reform, driver’s cards for immigrants, and public transit access and equity.

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