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Classical Guitar Concert featuring Ivan Resendiz

Date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Join us for this special event in celebration of ESTHER’s 20th anniversary.

Originally from Mexico City, Ivan Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 at La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. Mr. Resendiz has participated in numerous national and International guitar competitions alike, receiving top prizes in more than 13 competitions including South Carolina Guitar Competition and Boston Guitar Fest, to name a few. Ivan has performed in Mexico, France, Spain, Europe and the U.S. in festivals including Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Festival del Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Mexico. In 2011, Resendiz founded the first Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American Community in Chicago and continues to achieve its goal of bringing classical music to the immigrant community of Chicago.

For a glimpse of Resendiz’s repertoire and talent, visit this YouTube link.

ESTHER Picnic

Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Telulah Park, 1300 E Newberry St, Appleton

Help ESTHER celebrate its 20th anniversary year by attending this fun outdoor event in the pavillion at one of Appleton's nicest parks. Food, live music, entertainment.

Grate Complications: Stop Harassing the Homeless (Press Conference)

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WHAT: Press conference addressing the treatment of our unhoused neighbors

WHEN: Thursday, Jun 6, 2024

2:30-3:00 PM 

WHERE: 448 Algoma Blvd

  Oshkosh WI, 54901

  (Outside the Orrin King Building)

SPONSORS: ESTHER

                     First Presbyterian Church

CONTACT: Katie Olson, Lead Organizer of ESTHER

      920-267-2054 (call or text)

      katieo@esther-foxvalley.org

With shelters full and housing unaffordable, many of our Oshkosh neighbors are without a safe place to sleep. For many years, the green space outside the Orrin King building has provided a safe space for unhoused community members from Winnebago County. The grates outside the building provide a dry space throughout the year, and some heat during the harsh winter months. Many community members and employees from Winnebago County go out of their way to provide kindness, meals, beverages and other care items to them. 

Recently, there has been an increased police presence outside the Orrin King building and more requests and demands made for unhoused community members to “move along.” First Presbyterian Church offered to provide a safe space for unhoused community members, but have been told by the city of Oshksoh they are not allowed to provide this space. Once again, unhoused members of our community are told to “move along.” 

Yet, there is no open space for our community members to “move along” to in Winnebago County. Our city and county need to provide more support for unhoused members of our community and until they do, they need to stop asking folks to “move along” from the safe spaces that communities like First Presbyterian Church have willingly offered. 

On Thursday, June 6, at the Orrin King building, we have invited individuals who are unhoused, housing advocates, and religious and community leaders to share their recent experiences and responses to the challenging actions of local law enforcement.   ** Who are they being directed by and/or responding to?

Our hope, for this event, is to shape our community with compassionate measures that bring our community together, to uplift our unhoused neighbors while providing constructive guidance to our community leaders to do better together. “Move along” is not an acceptable solution!

The Black Experience: Family

Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
116 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

The Black Experience: Family

Save the Date!

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION - this event has been moved to Appleton

Learn about some of the strong traditions and characteristics of some Black families. Although no one family is identical to any other, there are similarities.

Free Admission • Donations Accepted

Northeast Wisconsin Housing Policy Institute

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Date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
UWO Fox Cities Campus, Midway Road, Menasha

Two-day Housing Policy Institute: April 12-13, 2024

A regional housing policy training for people who have experienced housing challenges (including eviction, unaffordable housing and homelessness) in Northeast Wisconsin. Learn how local and state decisions have caused how we experience housing and what we can do to advocate for change. Connect with other advocates and know that you’re not alone.

Participants are asked to attend both days of this two-day event.

Scan QR code or click on image below to register.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2024

Contact: Lynnsey Erickson lerickson@winnebagocountywi.gov (920) 252-5928

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flier.

Northeast Wisconsin Housing Policy Institute

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Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
UWO Fox Cities Campus, Midway Road, Menasha

A regional housing policy training for people who have experienced housing challenges (including eviction, unaffordable housing and homelessness) in Northeast Wisconsin. Learn how local and state decisions have caused how we experience housing and what we can do to advocate for change. Connect with other advocates and know that you’re not alone.

Participants are asked to attend both days of this two-day event.

Scan QR code or click on image below to register.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2024

Contact: Lynnsey Erickson lerickson@winnebagocountywi.gov (920) 252-5928

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flier.

The Forgiveness Project Exhibit

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Date: 
Monday, April 8, 2024 - 10:00am - 3:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton WI

Come view this international exhibit which features 18 personal stories of challenges in forgiveness. 

At the heart of The Forgiveness Project is an understanding that restorative narratives have the power to transform lives; not only supporting people to deal with issues in their own lives, but also building a climate of resilience, hope and empathy.

Here are quotes from three of the stories:

  • “In that instant, I realized how much negative energy it takes to hold hate inside.”   Zak Ebrahim
  • “I'm beginning to realize that no matter which side of the conflict you're on, had we all lived each other’s lives, we could all have done what the other did.”  Pat Magee, daughter of a bombing victim
  • “Through forgiveness, I've learned that love doesn't die.”  Kia Scherr

PLEASE NOTE the exhibit is NOT available for viewing on Saturday, April 7 due to a prior commitment at the Fellowship. 

This exhibit is sponsored by: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, ESTHER, and Charter for Compassion.  See more description, photos, and a donation option to Forgiveness Project at www.theforgivenessproject.com

The Forgiveness Project Exhibit

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Date: 
Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton WI

Come view this international exhibit which features 18 personal stories of challenges in forgiveness. 

At the heart of The Forgiveness Project is an understanding that restorative narratives have the power to transform lives; not only supporting people to deal with issues in their own lives, but also building a climate of resilience, hope and empathy.

Here are quotes from three of the stories:

  • “In that instant, I realized how much negative energy it takes to hold hate inside.”   Zak Ebrahim
  • “I'm beginning to realize that no matter which side of the conflict you're on, had we all lived each other’s lives, we could all have done what the other did.”  Pat Magee, daughter of a bombing victim
  • “Through forgiveness, I've learned that love doesn't die.”  Kia Scherr

PLEASE NOTE the exhibit is NOT available for viewing on Saturday, April 7 due to a prior commitment at the Fellowship. 

This exhibit is sponsored by: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, ESTHER, and Charter for Compassion.  See more description, photos, and a donation option to Forgiveness Project at www.theforgivenessproject.com

The Forgiveness Project Exhibit

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2024 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton WI

The exhibit is also open on Sunday, April 7 from 12:30-4:30 pm and
Monday, April 8 from 10:00-3:30 pm

Come view this international exhibit which features 18 personal stories of challenges in forgiveness. 

At the heart of The Forgiveness Project is an understanding that restorative narratives have the power to transform lives; not only supporting people to deal with issues in their own lives, but also building a climate of resilience, hope and empathy.

Here are quotes from three of the stories:

  • “In that instant, I realized how much negative energy it takes to hold hate inside.”   Zak Ebrahim
  • “I'm beginning to realize that no matter which side of the conflict you're on, had we all lived each other’s lives, we could all have done what the other did.”  Jo Berry, daughter of a bombing victim
  • “Through forgiveness, I've learned that love doesn't die.”  Kia Scherr

PLEASE NOTE the exhibit is NOT available for viewing on Saturday, April 6, due to a prior commitment at the Fellowship. 

This exhibit is sponsored by: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, ESTHER, and Charter for Compassion.  See more description, photos, and a donation option to Forgiveness Project at www.theforgivenessproject.com

Join us for the Black Experience

Date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
201 E Birch St Black Creek, WI 54106

The Black Exerience FlierCome experience a preview of our African Immersion, planned and led by ESTHER’s new organizer, Miracle Wheeler.

A fun-filled educational day with authentic African American Food, African Drumming lessons, African dance tutorials, crafts for the kids, face painting, a powerful movie clip on Black History, Q&A session, hair-braiding experience and much more.

Register Here

Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Proceeds fund ESTHER’s African Immersion.

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