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Introducing Gwen Gibson, ESTHER's New President

Gwen was installed in January 2011 as President of ESTHER. She is the third person to serve in that capacity, following Rev. Joel Schlachtenhaufen and Rev. Maynard Beemer.  Gwen is recognized for her deep faith, courage, and strength in leadership. She has worked with enthusiasm and determination in her congregation, the community, and ESTHER. We are pleased to have her as our new president, and we look forward to benefiting from her leadership.

ESTHER 2011 Spring Gathering

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WISDOM Statement on Worker Rights, Budget Repair Bill

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WISCONSIN DOES NOT NEED TO STRIP WORKERS

OF THEIR RIGHTS TO SOLVE ITS BUDGET PROBLEMS

 

WISDOM, the interfaith network of congregation-based justice organizations, calls on Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature to abandon any plans to undermine or remove the collective bargaining rights of workers.

 

Our religious traditions speak clearly about the fundamental right of workers in the public and private sectors to be organized into unions which can defend their interests.  We are pleased to see that Methodist Bishop Lee, Catholic Archbishop Listecki, Rabbi Biatch and ELCA Bishop Burnside are among those who have spoken out against the radical policy changes being proposed in the “budget repair” process, which would take away long-established rights from many Wisconsin workers.

 

Moving Forward Together

Bishop Ricken meets with ESTHER, JOSHUA leaders. Praises work, reinstates CCHD collection, and calls for partnership.

February 17, 2011

Green Bay Bishop David Ricken held a meeting yesterday with Catholic leaders and priests working with ESTHER and JOSHUA as well as a meeting with the elected leaders of the organizations.  In these meetings Bishop Ricken praised the work of ESTHER and JOSHUA, citing particularly our recent impact around shelter for the homeless and work in support of immigrant rights.  Ricken also announced the reinstatement of the CCHD collection in the Diocese, set “partnership” instead of “membership” as the way Catholic parishes will participate in ESTHER and JOSHUA in the future, and promised the formation of a diocesan Commission on Living Justice in the fall.

Support ESTHER - We now offer online giving!

Now, support the interfaith justice work of ESTHER!  Give by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) or by e-check. Click on this link to visit our secure online contribution form: Support ESTHER by clicking here!

Faith and Immigration

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Faith communities support comprehensive immigration reform to; keep families united, support those that are oppressed, advocate for human dignity, and promote safe and smart border enforcement.   Resources are listed below to learn what your faith denomination says about immigrant rights.

The Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus has written this theological statement on comprehensive immigration reform based on the shared values of our varied faith traditions.

 

Catholic Church (US Conference of Bishops): website, statement

Episcopal Church: website, statement

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: website, statement

Presbyterian Church: website, statement

Unitarian Universalist Association: website, statement

United Church of Christ: website, statement

United Methodist Church: website, statement

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism: website, statement

LUNA Youth: We have a dream! DREAM Act 2010

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The youth in LUNA, organized by ESTHER, created a video at their back-to-school kick-off.  Listen to their stories and most importantly take action to support the DREAM Act! 

Contact your Senators and Congressperson and tell them that we need the DREAM Act passed now!  Here is a link to take action: http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/cms/sign/dream2

Click the link below to watch the video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYKiRF7pmcE

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