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Change the World. Start Now! Join ESTHER.

Would you like to change the world? We would!

  • Do you believe that it is possible for people to join together to build community across faith traditions, race, class, gender, ethnicity and many other differences that might ordinarily keep us apart?
  • Are you inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King's vision that we can, one day, live in shared abundance, because poverty, hunger, homelessness, racism and bigotry need not exist if only we respect and honor each other and work together?
  • Are you tired of, frustrated by, and alarmed at hate speech directed at people living in poverty, people of color, immigrants, those of “different” faiths?

Change the world.* Start now! Join ESTHER.

Will you join us? Will you become a member of ESTHER, or renew your existing membership?

Your membership in ESTHER helps us train grass-roots leaders to tackle tough issues and shine light in dark places. (At seven sessions in the last year, in English and Spanish, we've trained over 175 people.)

It helps us bring the community together to learn about challenges and consider solutions that will bring positive change. (We brought the replica solitary confinement cell to UW-Fox, where over 1,500 people visited; over 1,000 people have participated in Walk in Our Shoes, our Latino/a simulation.)

It helps us work with governmental officials and community leaders in making the Fox Valley a place where everyone has access to opportunities to thrive. (We brought residents and government officials together to resolve a dispute over access to public soccer fields; we stopped proposed state legislation that would have adversely affected low-income people and our immigrant neighbors.)

I Want to Join ESTHER

Join ESTHER now, and receive a full-color window cling to show your support in your car, office, or on any window! But more important, by becoming a member, you become part of a group of forward-looking people who work toward a more just and generous world.

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:

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!

Sr. Helen Prejean Coming to Fox Valley

Sister Helen Prejean speaking into microphone

Mark your calendars!

We are thrilled to announce that Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and tireless advocate for humane treatment of incarcerated persons, will be the keynote speaker at ESTHER’s 2014 Annual Banquet on December 7th. Celebrating 10 Years of Justice, ESTHER invites the entire community to hear this compelling speaker, reminisce with friends, find holiday treasures in the silent auction, and look ahead to ESTHER's next 10 years.

  • Sunday, December 7 (no Packer Game that day)
  • 5:00-8:30 PM
  • Radisson Paper Valley, 333 W College Ave, Appleton


ESTHER Approaches Human Race Goal of $4,000

As of May 10, ESTHER walkers in the Human Race had donated more than $3,000. Donations can still be made towards the goal of $4,000 until May 19. Visit ESTHER's Human Race page at

ESTHER Joins the Human Race

Join us! Human Race Saturday May 3, 2014

When the Fox Valley Volunteer Center’s 14th annual Human Race takes place on May 3, ESTHER’s JUSTwalk team members will be proud participants. Since we need to continue our work, for ESTHER, the walk is a way to raise both funds and our visibility in the Fox Cities.

Would you please help us?

Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2013 ESTHER challenge match campaign. When everything was counted, 103 people either made new contributions during 2013 or increased the amount of their support during 2013 as compared to 2012, for a total of $7,830 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool.

What a VICTORY!! Thank you for supporting ESTHER's work.

How Bold Are Your Hopes?

It Takes Courage to Hope

Here are some of our hopes:

  • Madison Action Day 2013A government where elected officials and staff take the long view and stand up for the common good, including the environment
  • A society in which everyone’s unique worth is celebrated, even if they speak a different language, profess a different faith, or come from a different part of the world
  • A community where limited resources do not keep people from having the food, shelter, clothing, health care, or transportation they need
  • An approach to public safety that emphasizes training and treatment, and reserves prison for the truly dangerous

We need your support as we continue trying to make these hopes reality. Will you help ESTHER build its financial strength by claiming a $5,000 challenge grant before December 31? (See our progress here.)

Yes, I'll Help!

ESTHER's New Office

ESTHER has moved into new office space at First United Methodist Church in Neenah. Many thanks to St. Therese Catholic Church in Appleton for hosting us during the last year. We’re also looking for a used copy machine. If you have one, please contact Stephanie at 920-216-0891 or email Penny at Update: On February 26, we will become the proud owners of a used copy machine which has recently been removed from service at the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and donated to ESTHER. We promise not to over-use it (we want to save trees), but it will definitely help us in our work. Thank you, ECWRPC!

Get to Know Your Neighbors at Fox Valley Islamic Society's 12th Annual Interfaith Event

Serving line at the 2010 Interfaith GatheringGet to know your neighbors, promote understanding in our community and enjoy a wonderful feast at the Fox Valley Islamic Society's 12th annual Interfaith Gathering. Don't Miss It!

This outdoor event has been well attended for many years, and this year at least 200 people are expected to be there.

The featured speaker at the Gathering will be Muhammad Isa Sadlon, the former executive director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and religious leaders from various faiths will share their ideas.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011
Location: Fox Valley Islamic Society
   103 Kappell Dr, Neenah
Directions: Due to construction; from south take Cty Rd A from Oshkosh, from north, take Hwy 76 to Cty Road G, take a left on G
Gathering and Talk: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Dinner: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Speakers include: Bishop Jim Justman (ELCA), Rabbi Kenneth Katzman, Mohammed Isa Sadlon, Fr. Richard Allen, and table discussion led by Rev. Joel Schlachtenhaufen.

(In case of rain, the event will be moved to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah.)

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