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Fox Valley Islamic Society’s 2019 Interfaith Gathering

Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Moving From Fear Toward Mutual Trust

Fear - Fear & Trust - FearOnce again, the Fox Valley Islamic Society invites the Fox Valley community to be their guests at a gathering “under the tent.”

Learn, Interact, Feast … for Free!

The event offers presentations and group discussion followed by a meal hosted by members of the Islamic Society.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jon Pahl (Educator, Author, Public Speaker)
  • Younis Zaidan (Islamic Center of Wisconsin)
  • Rev. Thomas Willadsen (Presbyterian Pastor)

QR code for RSVPRSVP appreciated by Sunday, July 28: Email to, call 920-215-9840, register online at this link, or scan this QR code.

In case of bad weather, the Gathering will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Oshkosh Work Group Meeting Summary - 4 June 2019

ESTHER’s Oshkosh Workgroup held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Watch this brief report from chair Jennifer Considine with information about:

  • Continuing efforts to provide free or reduce-fare transportation for students in Oshkosh schools.
  • Improving the racial literacy of the task force by reading and discussing together Debby Irving’s Waking up White.

Moving Past Hate

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reeve Union Ballroom, UW Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Moving Past Hate Banner Image“The Gift of Our Wounds” authors Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a Sikh, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, share a message of forgiveness and compassion while addressing a host of social issues, including violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, Holocaust remembrance and genocide prevention.

The co-authors are also co-founders of Serve2Unite. They will speak about how to understand incidents of hate and how to intervene when encountering hateful acts or incidents. Kaleka, who lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5th, 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, and Michaelis, a former white supremacist who helped to start a gang back in the late 1980s that produced the August 5th shooter, founded Serve2Unite in 2013 to share their message of forgiveness after hate.

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.

World Hijab Day Celebration

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida St Appleton

Hijab Celebration Image - 3 women wearing hijabCome celebrate diversity within our community and enjoy refreshments in a casual, welcoming space. Learn about Islam. Learn about the hijab and how it is worn.

Jointly sponsored by Appleton Public Library, ESTHER, and Fox Cities Muslim Women Group. Funding provided by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

Help spread the word. Download and share the attached poster.

Hosted by the Fox Cities Muslim Women Group, Friends of Appleton Public Library, Appleton Public Library

Friends in Common: Connect, Like, and Share

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Friends in Common: Connect, Like, and Share

In our hands, we can connect to a world of information. But how well do we understand all those friends we find?

Join ESTHER together with faith and fellowship communities from the Fox Valley to explore our faiths’ views on friendship. See how we’re alike. Explore how were different. Connect with new friends. Share what you want others to understand about your faith!

No charge. Refreshments served.

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer!

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities 26th Annual Community Cookout

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities (CDFC) provides main dishes and beverages. There will be a Dignity & Respect Campaign conversation activity, a dance performance coordinated by IndUS of Fox Valley, music presented by DJ Rayon tha Don, children’s activities, a piñata, and more.

For full information, see the event Facebook Page here:

Questions? Contact the organizers at

Fox Valley Islamic Society Hosts 19th Interfaith Gathering

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00pm
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Fox Valley Islamic Society Interfaith Event 2018 FlyerBoth great conversation and great food will be “on the menu” in the afternoon of August 5, when the Fox Valley Islamic Society once again invites the Fox Valley public to its mosque to share in an interfaith discussion followed by a meal prepared and served by its members.

Islamic Society president Mamadou Coulibaly explains, “The goal of the Interfaith Gathering is to encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in the community. This will allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

Following the theme of “Truth,” the presentations and discussions will highlight how various faith traditions emphasize looking up, listening up, speaking up, and standing up in response to the claims of truth.

There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated by Sunday, July 29, via email to or phone to (618) 203-6891.

Religious Leaders Caucus Meeting

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
First United Methodist Church of Neenah-Menasha (108 W Doty Ave, Neenah)

Guest speaker: John Wallschlaeger of Gold Stripe Consulting on Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement - what it is and how it helps our communities respond to mental health crises.

Remembering Reverend King: A Community Worship Encounter

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Radisson Paper Valley, Grand Ballroom, Appleton

Remembering Reverend King PosterA community worship service is being offered to help mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. A group of Christian leaders drawn from across the spectrum of denomination, ethnicity, and religious tradition are planning the event entitled “Remembering Rev. King: a community worship encounter.” It will take place on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Paper Valley Hotel.

Marking 50 years since King’s death will bring grief and a sobering recognition of how far we have yet to go in pursuit of Rev. Dr. King’s dream. We believe this worship service will celebrate his legacy and ongoing influence through a combination of joyous music, heartfelt hope, and inspiring message. Speakers will talk about King’s gospel message in 5 themes: Unity, Freedom, Love, Justice, and Peace.

Featured speakers will be drawn from our local community, including Pastor Alvin Dupree of Family First Ministries, Trinity Vang of The Refuge, Pastor Shawn Whitworth of the Mission Church, Lawrence University chaplain Rev. Linda J. Morgan-Clement, and Father Joe Matern of CASA Esther. Worship leaders include Rev. Dr. Stephen Savides of First Congregational Church, pastor Dennis Episcopo of Appleton Alliance Church, Rev. Mike Goodwin of Memorial Presbyterian, and Pastor B Vang of the Refuge Church. Dr. Phillip Swan of Lawrence University and Appleton Alliance Church will conduct a mass choir drawn from many churches and our community.

More information on the event’s Facebook page:

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