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Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 5:00pm Transit Issues Night- Appleton First United Methodist Church, Appleton
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:30pm Transit Issues Night - Oshkosh First Congregational Church - Oshkosh
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 5:30pm Building a Better Community Discussion - OSHKOSH - Potluck Supper St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 5:30pm JOSHUA 12th Annual Banquet Gather on Broadway, 139 N. Broadway, Green Bay

ESTHER's 12th Annual Banquet - November 13, 2016

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12th Anniversary Banquet: Speaking Truth to Power

Andy HallDee J. Hall

  • Sunday, November 13th - 5:00 PM
  • The Grand Meridian (2621 N. Oneida St.), Appleton
  • Keynote speakers: Dee J. Hall and Andy Hall, co-founders of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and

Join us for fellowship, a great silent auction, joyous music, a delicious meal, well deserved awards, and an altogether wonderful celebration.

Click here to download the banquet flyer.

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Fox Valley Islamic Society 2016 Interfaith Event

tree with arms for branches and hands for leaves“Building Cultural Diversity within Faith Communities”

Hosted by Fox Valley Islamic Society

Keynote speaker: Jon Pahl, Professor of History, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia

Panelists: representing Christian, Jewish, Unitarian-Universalist, and Muslim perspectives.

Dinner: follows the program

Sunday, August 14, 3:00-5:30 pm
Fox Valley Islamic Society
103 Kappell Dr, Neenah

An interfaith gathering where all are welcome.

RSVPs appreciated:

Click “Read more" to learn about two other events during 2016 Interfaith Weekend in the Fox Valley and download flyers.

Conversaciones Comunitarias y Convivio


“Construyendo una Comunidad Mejor: Igualdad, Equidad y Justicia”

Serie: Fe, Valores y Comunidad. Parte 2

Únase a ESTHER en un convivio seguido de una conversación con la comunidad para hablar sobre igualdad, equidad y justicia. Discutiremos preguntas como:

  • ¿Qué significa tratar a la gente de una manera justa?
  • ¿Cómo es una comunidad justa? ¿Quienes se benefician?

El evento es gratuito y abierto al público. Invitamos a cada hogar a llevar un platillo para compartir en el convivio.

Descargar folleto aquí y compartir con sus amigos y familiares.

Community Conversation and Potluck


“Building a Better Community: Fairness, Equity & Justice”

Part 2 of our faith, values, and community series

Join ESTHER on July 19 (Appleton) or July 21 (Oshkosh) for a potluck supper followed by a community conversation discussing fairness, justice and equity. We’ll be exploring questions like these:

  • What does it mean to treat people fairly?
  • How does lack of fairness arise in a community?
  • What does a fair community look like? Who benefits from it?

These events are free and open to the public. We invite each household to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Download flyer here and share with your friends and family.

Juneteenth Festival 2016

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Juneteenth Festival 2016 PosterNoon-6PM
City Park
500 E. Franklin St
Downtown Appleton

Juneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. African Heritage, Inc. (AHI), in collaboration with the City of Appleton, is hosting its seventh annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2016 in downtown Appleton. The family-friendly program will feature musical, dance and poetry performances as well as a Children‘s Village and community resource fair with food sales. Stop by and see us at the ESTHER booth! More info at African Heritage Inc.

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:

Restore our Communities: Restorative Justice for Wisconsin

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David LinersDavid Liners, State Director for WISDOM, will be speaking in Appleon on March 2, 2016 under sponsorship of the Noonhour Philosophers program of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. His topic will be ROC Wisconsin, an ongoing project of WISDOM, working alongside its affiliates and partners (including EXPO—Ex-Prisoners Organizing), to reform the criminal justice system in our state so that it helps to build up our communities instead of tearing them down.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 S. Allen St., Appleton
  • Free and open to all; no advance registration required

One More Bus!

We need your help!day without latinos

The past couple weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policy from making it through the Wisconsin State Legislature. Tomorrow, thousands of Latino families, advocates and allies will come together at the State Capitol in Madison to speak out against  these policies and to lift up the many ways the Latino community betters the lives of all Wisconsinites.  The gathering is called A Day Without Latinos.  People from all around the stand are standing together with Latinos because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have four full buses heading to Madison from Appleton tomorrow morning.  We are astounded by the outpouring of support!  Local businesses, organizations, and individuals have come forward to help fund the buses, but we aren't quite there yet!

We are asking you—especially if you want to stand in support of this action but cannot make it to Madison—to sponsor the fourth bus. We need to raise $500

If you can give $10, $25, $50, $100 or more, you would be part of making this day possible!

Click below to give online by credit-card or sign up to show your support now and pay later.


Yes, I'll Help! (click here)


Your gift is tax deductible. If we receive funds that exceed the cost of the bus, we will direct that additional support to leadership training and support of Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

Thank you for all that you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct our energies into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

Author, Activist Angela Davis to Keynote Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

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Dr. Angela DavisFrom the Lawrence University Press Release:

“Social justice icon, scholar and author Dr. Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at the 25th annual community celebration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

2015 MLK Day Logo“The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Breaking the Chains of Injustice.’ The event is free and open to the public. A sign-language interpreter will be present.

“The annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy is jointly presented by Lawrence University and Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, with the support of The Post-Crescent, numerous Fox Valley organizations, churches and individuals.”

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