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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, December 18, 2017 - 1:30am ESTHER Communications First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton Upper Lounge
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton Upper Lounge
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Matthew Church 130 St. Matthew Street, Green Bay 54301
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force UU Fellowship, Appleton
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist Church of Neenah-Menasha

Facing Challenges Together

Facing Challenges Together

voices of hopeESTHER has just received word of a $5,000 challenge grant that can double the amount of new contributions we receive in the remainder of 2017. In these times, when there are so many negative challenges, it’s wonderful to have this positive challenge—an opportunity to help make ESTHER stronger for the work of the future.

Now beginning its 14th year, ESTHER has an impact far out of proportion to its modest finances. Within our $85,000 annual budget, we support a full-time organizer and part-time office assistant, train members to work for systemic change on issues that matter to them, host public events on topics of common concern, and collaborate with other Wisconsin organizations focused on positive change.

We want to build our financial strength as an organization so that we can train more leaders, partner with more non-profits, build stronger relationships with elected officials and policy makers, communicate better with the people of the Fox Valley and beyond, bring about more positive change.

Will you help us, by responding to our year-end challenge grant opportunity?

Here's how! (See our progress here.)

Yes, I'll Help!

Vigil to #ENDGUNVIOLENCE

Date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Ln, Appleton

Sunday, December 10, 4:00-5:00 pm

Vigils and Events to End Gun ViolenceGun violence affects the victims, their families and their communities.  It affects all of us.  Please invite your family and friends and attend the VIGIL to #ENDGUNVIOLENCE.

Five years ago, the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown killed 20 innocent children and six educators, shattering millions of hearts in America and around the world.   We gather in remembrance of ALL victims and survivors of gun violence.

Learn how you can make a difference and save lives.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/519383051762830/

RSVP (encouraged but not required): FVGunViolencePrevention@gmail.com

Sponsored by Fox Cities Gun Violence Prevention Team and Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE), in collaboration with • Newtown Foundation • Newtown Action Alliance • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence • Everytown Survivor Network• Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America • Organizing for Action • States United to Prevent Gun Violence • St Mark’s Episcopal Church • Women's March

December 12: 24 Hours of Prayer and Fasting for Dreamers

Fast and Pray for Dreamers

Child holding Save DACA signVirgin of GuadalupeOn the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, with our Dreamers getting lost in the political chaos of our government, ESTHER’s Immigration Task Force is asking you to fast and pray. Please set aside some time to pray and create your own fast for just 24 hours, then sign up on-line so we can be sure we have 24-hour coverage.

The Dreamers should be able to continue to dream about a better life in this country, so please offer your support.

Sign up here for a 30-minute time slot on December 12 to show your commitment to a better future for Dreamers. After clicking, scroll down to see the sign-up slots, which are toward the bottom of the page.

Equity, the Environment, and the Future of Transportation

Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A158

cars and bikes sharing the roadJoin us to hear elected officials, experts, and local activists discussing issues and opportunities for making transportation more equitable, accessible, and greener… in the Fox Valley and around the state.

Moderator:

Professor Laura Hartman, UW-Oshkosh Environmental Studies

Panelists:

Mayor Tim Hanna, City of Appleton
Alderman Joe Martin, Appleton Common Council
Connie Kanitz, ESTHER Transportation Task Force
Kim Biedermann, East Central WI Regional Planning Commission

  • How would you get to work, school, the doctor, or the store in Wisconsin if you couldn’t drive or afford a car?
  • Did you know that transportation alone accounts for almost one-third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions?
  • New technology, aging seniors, and Millennials’ preferences are radically changing the future of transportation... is the Fox Valley ready?

Wednesday, November 29, 4 - 5:30 pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A158
1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

FVTC is accessible by Valley Transit bus route 12. If you drive, park in the North Lot and use entrance 15. From there, room A158 is down the hall on the right side.

This event is hosted by ESTHER and WISPIRG (Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group)

Shared Sanctuary Benefit Concert

Date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton

John McCutcheonFeaturing Singer-songwriter John McCutcheon

Benefitting Shared Sanctuary Legal Fund

Suggested donation: $20

The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship recently voted to become a sanctuary congregation, willing to house someone who is in immediate danger of being deported. All donations for this concert benefit The Fellowship’s Shared Sanctuary Legal Fund, which assists families or individuals who need representation when facing deportation.

Wisconsin native John McCutcheon is a master instrumentalist, a powerful singer-songwriter,  and a gifted story-teller. Watching John, his audiences can feel and share his passion for three things: people, justice, and the joyful celebration of making music.

Doors open at 6:30. Opening act: Cris and Ann Plata, sharing Mexican roots music.

Help spread the word: Download flyer (below) and share!

Sponsored by

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Winnebago Worship Group
Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) of the Fox Valley

ESTHER

Green Apple Folk Music Society

 

2017 Banquet a Rousing Success

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2017 Banquet Crowd - image by Mark RiceOver 225 people—a full house—gathered at Liberty Hall last Sunday evening for ESTHER’s 13th annual banquet. The spirit in the room was amazing. ESTHER recognized Kris Clouthier for her exceptional, sustained efforts in sharing Latino/a stories through ESTHER’s Latino simulation, Walk in Our Shoes, as well as the “Voices of Hope” readers theatre. Bob Pedersen, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries North Central Wisconsin, was honored for his creative, energetic, and people-focused leadership of this truly transformative organization in the Fox Valley.

Keynote speaker Glenn E. Martin shared from the heart and the head in challenging America's addiction to dehumanizing punishment, not only in prisons but throughout our culture: “70 million people in the United States have a criminal record. You can't criminalize 70 million people unless you dehumanize them first.”

It was great to be joined by many who were attending an ESTHER banquet for the first time. We especially enjoyed being joined by members of ExPO (Ex‑Prisoners Organizing) from the Fox Valley and throughout the state, as well as representatives from JOSHUA, RUTH, WISDOM and others.

If you were there, you know what a great evening it was. If you missed it this year, do plan to join us in 2018!

"Under the Tent" Annual Interfaith Event

Date: 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

FAITH & POVERTYThe Fox Valley Islamic Society is hosting its 18th annual Interfaith Gathering on Sunday, August 6 at 3:00 pm. All are invited to attend this year's event at no charge, which will once again be held "Under the Tent" at the mosque, and offers opportunities to learn, interact, and feast.

The event will feature presentations and discussion on the theme of “Faith and Poverty,” with a feast and fellowship to follow. RSVP to fvis.interfaith@gmail.com, or phone 618-203-6891.

No Back 40 Mine - Save the Menominee River: Presentation by Guy Reiter

Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Girl Scout Office, 4693 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton

Menominee River near proposed mine siteThe Back Forty Mine project is a proposed open-pit metallic sulfide mine located on the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, MI, just across the river from Marinette, WI. The Menominee Nation and many allies, including local citizens, local governments, environmental organizations, and grassroots organizations, are opposed to the mine.

Learn more about the project from Menominee Tribal Organizer Guy Reiter and Dr. Al Gedicks, Executive Secretary, Natural Resources Protection Council.

Juneteenth

Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
City Park, Appleton

Juneteenth posterJuneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We are delighted that the Fox Cities is home to such a memorable freedom program.

Join ESTHER and many other community organizations based in the Fox Cities and beyond in City Park on June 11 for presentations, music, food, community spirit! Perfect for all ages. Free!

  • Health, community information, retail booths
  • Food, clothing & jewelry vendors
  • Giveaways
  • Storytelling, arts & crafts, dancing
  • Balloon-twisting
  • Inflatables

More information at http://www.africanheritageinc.org/events/juneteenth-2017/

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