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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 left of the listing
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, 724 South River Drive, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm Madison Action Day 2019 Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Foster Care Presentation Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton
Friday, April 5, 2019 (All day) Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing (tentative) Janesville Area

Showing Support for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

In light of the horrific murders of our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand this past week, ESTHER members are encouraged to gather at our local mosques during their gathering times on Friday, March 22, to show compassion, solidarity and friendship.

  • Islamic Center of Wisconsin
    720 W Parkway Blvd, Appleton
  • Fox Valley Islamic Society
    102 Kappell Dr, Neenah
  • Masjid Qamar Oshkosh Mosque
    300 N Eagle St, Oshkosh

The Neenah and Appleton mosques meet for worship at 1 pm and the Oshkosh mosque has their gathering at 1:15 pm.

Please be aware that there is much fear and suspicion of strangers in the Muslim community at this time, but that should not stop people of good will from extending a hand of friendship and kindness.

Madison Action Day 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison

View of State Capital from Above

WISDOM’s Madison Action Day

A day of collective action with leaders across Wisconsin in our state capitol.

Time is Short - Register Now!

It’s less than a week until Madison Action Day! There’s already a large group going from the Fox Cities, you can still be part of it.

Here’s your chance to join leaders from all parts of Wisconsin in a day of action and movement-building to get our issues and values on the minds of legislators while they are making their budget decisions. We’ll be emphasizing the values of the Beloved Community: radical inclusion, reconciliation, and living for the seventh generation. $40 cost includes transportation. Sponsorships available on request.

Register Now!

Buses will be transporting people to the event from Appleton and Oshkosh. Click Read more below for details.

Follow Madison Action Day 2019 on Facebook.

Madison Action Day Sponsorships Needed

Wisconsin Capitol DomeCan’t Go to Madison Action Day on March 26?

Your sponsorship can help someone else attend!

If you would like to go to WISDOM’s Madison Action Day 2019 but are unable to attend, would you consider donating $40 (registration, lunch, and transportation) so that others who cannot afford to attend are able to go? We do not want the cost of attendance to deter anyone who would like to participate, and we believe it is important for a variety of voices to be represented as we learn and advocate together.

You can contribute to a sponsorship by clicking on the button below or sending your check to ESTHER, P.O, Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

I want to help!

Learn more about WISDOM’s 2019 Madison Action Day here.

Implicit Bias Training

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton




Implicit bias is “the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.”

Red SpotJoin the organizers of WISDOM, ESTHER's parent organization, as they help us deepen our understanding of implicit bias and the ways it impedes our ability to connect with people of different races.

APRIL 13, 2019 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Open to the public at no charge. To help us plan, please register now at

Panel Discussion: Life After Prison

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
First Congregational U.C.C., 724 E South River St, Appleton

Join us for a Panel Discussion


How do we create a successful transition into society
for released inmates?


Douglas DarbyDouglas Darby, recovering addict and founder, Rise Together Eugene NelsonEugene Nelson, outreach coordinator, Project Return Melissa LudinMelissa Ludin, Vice President, EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing) John Des JardinsJohn Des Jardins, Judge, Outagamie County

Free to attend. Panel followed by refreshments.

Panel hosted and moderated by Sydney Pittner, Discovery Corps Coach and senior at Valley New School.

For more information, contact

Getting to School Shouldn’t be a Challenge

Getting to School Shouldn’t be a Challenge. Please support increased funding for public transportation for children and teens in Oshkosh.

Support Student Access to Public Transportation

Shared Sanctuary Ministry Fund - Call for Contributions

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ESTHER is pleased to bring attention to a recent letter from two ESTHER member congregations: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). These congregations have both gone on record in declaring that they will house those threatened with deportation should the need arise. Their letter says, in part:

The Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship are the two congregations in the Fox Cities that have declared themselves to be Sanctuary Congregations. While no individuals are currently living in sanctuary, many in our community are relying on us to provide support in other ways …[including] showing up in the wake of immigration raids and providing financial support for legal services and a range of household needs. We are running out of money to do this critical work.