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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER and related events!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
ESTHER Communications Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Learn Organizing Basics with WISDOM Zoom
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Environmental Justice Task Force Zoom meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ESTHER Executive Committee Zoom Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Transformational Justice Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Cancelled: Walk in Our Shoes

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Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 803 E College Ave, Appleton

Latino Simulation


This event has been canceled due to not enough participants.

Look for a rescheduling of the event in February 2024.

No cost to participants. PLEASE NOTE!  Advance registration needed by September 22 at the following link:

[Event Cancelled]

The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live as a Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to focus and sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.  In the simulation, 27 participants assume the roles of various Latino individuals.  The experience lasts approximately three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their reactions and experiences.

Jointly Sponsored by Memorial Presbyterian Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and ESTHER.


Who Should Attend?

All who want a greater understanding of Latinos living in our community and the struggles they encounter. Walk in our Shoes is an excellent tool for diversity awareness.

Why attend a simulation event?

Interfaith Advocacy Workshop - WIVEC

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Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
First Congregational UCC, Fellowship Hall, 724 E South River St, Appleton

Bridging Faiths for a Stronger DemocracyYour Voice Does Not End with Your Vote!

ESTHER and First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton are hosting a multi-denominational and nonpartisan advocacy workshop presented by the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign (WIVEC).

“The right to vote is almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democracy.” —Rep. John Lewis

Join us as we introduce participants to the opportunities and challenges for congregational engagement in advocacy, explore the many forms advocacy can take, and learn how we can build skills in linking voter engagement to advocacy.

Registration Cost: $5.00. Register online at or click on the button below:

Register Now

What is WIVEC?

Learn Organizing Basics with WISDOM

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

WISDOM (the state-wide organizing network of which ESTHER is a part) is offering a free, five-week training series beginning at the end of August in preparation for the organizing and voter turnout work that lies ahead this fall and in 2024.

In these training sessions, you will learn the basics of relational organizing and the principles for building relationships within your community. This course is based on the popular organizing workshops WISDOM offered in 2021 and 2022, which attracted hundreds of participants.

Register Here

Save the Date: ESTHER 2023 Annual Banquet

Sunday, November 12, 2023 - 5:00pm
Grand Meridian, 2621 N Appleton St, Appleton

Register now to take advantage of early-bird pricing ($65 per person). Ticket prices increase to $70 beginning November 2.

Register Now

ESTHER Annual Banquet, • Sunday, November 12, 2023, 5:00 PM Grand Meridian, Appleton • Reigniting your fire for justice. • Keynote speaker: Ana Garcia-Ashley, Exec Dir., Gamaliel (the national network of WISDOM and ESTHER)

Save the Date: ESTHER 2023 Online Auction

Monday, October 30, 2023 - 8:00am - Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 11:45pm

ESTHER’s 2023 Online Auction

Save the Date!

  • Preview begins Monday, October 30, 2023 at 8:00 am
  • Bidding begins Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 8:00 am
    and continues through Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 9:00 pm
  • Don’t miss it!

Artwork • Handcrafts • Gift Baskets • Fine Wines • Catered Meals • Candy & Baked Goods • Gift Certificates • Travel & Recreation • Antiques • Collectibles • Jewelry • Home Decor • Sports Memorabilia • Books • More …

Proceeds support ESTHER’s work of sharing hope, building community, and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

Neenah Menasha InterTribal Pow Wow

Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Shattuck Park, Neenah, WI

Be sure to attend the annual InterTribal Pow Wow at Shattuck Park in Neenah. There will be drum groups, dancers, food, and other vendors. You will not want to miss this popular event!

Come early to attend the Neenah Farmers Market and hear Native American musician Clinton Miller.

Sponsored by Neenah Historical SocietyMenasha Historical Society and Neenah-Menasha Intertribal Powwow

More info at the Pow Wow Facebook Page

5th Annual WI Recovery Celebration and Memorial Walk with Lights of Hope

Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 3:30pm
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton
  • 5th Annual Lights of Hope Memorial WalkSign up to register or participate in the Walk event at Cost of $18 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under includes a personalized T-shirt and memorial sign.
  • Join the free Fox Cities Lights of Hope event to listen to speakers and participate in a candlelight vigil as we celebrating recovery and remembering loved ones and those still struggling.

Sponsored by the Megan Kelley Foundation and Start Healing Now

More information at Facebook event page:

Community Living Room

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton

Join Us for Coffee and Connection

CLRYou are welcome to this non-clinical, non-judgemental, safe space for talking through life’s challenges.

There is no cost, and it's completely confidential.

Hosted by First Congregational UCC, Appleton.

Sponsored by Ebb & Flow Collective and ESTHER.

Meets the third Wednesdays of September, October, November & December.

More information at

Fox Cities International Day of Peace Celebration

Sunday, September 17, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Erb Park, 1800 N Morrison St, Appleton

The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence.

Along with Unity of Appleton, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others, ESTHER is a co-sponsor. 

The free, fun & family-friendly program will include:

  • Live music
  • Storytelling
  • Peace pole painting
  • Games and crafts for the kids
  • Dancing, treats and more