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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:00pm Picnic and Play - Romeo & Juliet Fox River Environmental Education Alliance 1000 N. Ballard Rd., Appleton
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 5:30pm ESTHER TIP Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm Under the Tent - Interfaith Dialogue Fox Valley Islamic Society Neenah
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist, Neenah-Menasha, 108 W. Doty Ave. Neenah

Romeo and Juliet - Picnic and a Play

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Romeo & Juliet
Wed, July 29 5:00-8:00 pm

Join ESTHER for an evening of Engagement, Enchantment, and Entertainment!

A picnic and a play performed “Renaissance Faire-style” by Pastor Steve and Dee Savides!

Fox River Environment Educational Alliance (1000 N. Ballard Rd, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $10 adults; $5 under 12; $25 family

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Leaders For Justice Training

​2-Day leadership training offered by ESTHER, JOSHUA, and RUTH. This is an ideal opportunity both for new leaders and for experienced leaders who want to work more effectively in their faith communities and organizations.

Date: June 19-20

Friday: We begin at 5:00 PM with a dinner followed by time for reflection, continuing with the training until 9:00 PM.
Saturday: We work from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM

Place: First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St., Appleton
Cost: $25 including meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday)

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People of Faith United for Justice, Madison Action Day - 2015

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Give Voice to Your Values; Take the ESTHER Bus to Madison on April 29!

Come with us on the bus to Madison on April 29, 2015. We will join people of faith from all over Wisconsin to learn, be inspired, and advocate for justice. We will gather at Bethel Lutheran Church just off the Capitol Square, to hear stirring speeches by Hannah Rosenthal, president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and Rev. Everett Mitchell, pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, and Community Relations Director for UW-Madison. After educational workshops and lunch, we will march to the Capitol to meet with our legislators and discuss prison reform, driver’s cards for immigrants, and public transit access and equity.

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Support Team ESTHER in the Human Race

ESTHER will have a team in the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's annual Human Race event. The walk itself will be on Saturday, May 2nd.  Our fundraising goal is $5,000— 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:

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

Interfaith harmony wheelSupporters of interfaith harmony in the Fox Valley are gathering on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah to reflect on the purposes of World Interfaith Harmony Week and to break bread together. All are welcome! Click here to download a flyer for printing and sharing.

Sikh Temple of the Fox Valley Joins ESTHER

Sikh Temple signESTHER welcomes the Sikh Temple of the Fox Valley as a new faith-community member. Sikism is a monotheistic, South Asian religion originating in 15th-16th-century India in the region near the present-day India-Pakistan border. The Menasha-based temple is led by Priest Bhagwant Singh Balli and Dr. Kamaljit Paul, president of the Board of Trustees. Sunday services at the temple are open to everyone (with heads covered, out of respect) and are usually followed by a meal.

Reform Now: Solitary Confinement

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Title screen of solitary confinement videoOn October 1, 2014, members of WISDOM, Wisconsin’s statewide network of faith-based social justice organizations, gathered on the Capitol steps in Madison for an extraordinary event calling attention to the abusive overuse of solitary confinement in Wisconsin’s prisons, including practices that most of the world considers torture. (Click on the image to view Tim Coursen's video of this event.)

ESTHER's 2015 Officers Announced

At the December meeting of ESTHER’s Leadership Board on December 11, officers for 2015 were elected.

  • President - Father Joe Mattern (newly elected): Father Joe has been an active suppporter of ESTHER for many years, especially through his work with immigration and Casa Esther in Omro
  • Vice President - Mamadou Coulibaly (continuing): Mamadou represents the Fox Valley Islamic Society on our board. Both he and the Society are strong supporters of ESTHER.
  • Secretary - Connie Kanitz (newly elected): A long-time supporter of ESTHER, Connie belongs to the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She recently attended Gamaliel's week-long leadership training program.
  • Treasurer - Paul Siket (continuing): Paul is a member of First United Methodist Church, Appleton, and begins his second year on the ESTHER board.

Board members expressed their gratitude to retiring president Penny Robinson, Appleton, and retiring secretary Mary Gage, Menasha, for their two years of dedicated service and effective leadership on behalf of ESTHER.

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