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“Our Community: Antidote to Crisis” Video Now Available

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Our Community Video Thumbnail (click to play)On Monday, April 27, ESTHER presented an online community event, ”Our Community: Antidote to Crisis,” using the online Zoom platform. Over 130 people registered to participate, a terrific turnout.

If you missed the original program, or if you saw it live and would like to revisit parts or all of the evening, you’ll be glad to know that a video recording of the event is now available.

During the event, local faith and spiritual leaders lifted up the value of our connections to each other and highlighted sources of hope to draw from in navigating these difficult days of COVID-19 and the aftermath. In addition, talented local musicians offered uplifting and encouraging and encouraging songs. All together, the hour-long program offered a great experience in building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice.

Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis

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Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis - April 27, 7:00 pmBeing part of a community eases feelings of isolation, reduces stress and generally increases happiness. In this time of the COVID-19 crisis, our communities are even more important than usual. Here’s a way to come together in community despite the need for physical distance between us:

Join us for ESTHER’s virtual hope builder, “Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis,” on April 27, at 7 p.m. Hear local faith and spiritual leaders lift up the value of our connections to each other and highlight sources of hope as we navigate these difficult days. They will be joined by some of our great local musicians performing uplifting and encouraging songs. Together, we will celebrate community, share hope, and stand for justice in these challenging times.

There is no charge for the event. However, participation is limited because of the online platform.

Register online for your personal link to the gathering; it will be sent by email a day or two before the event.

Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

Weekly Climate Strike - Fox Cities

Strike With Us

Sponsored by Youth Climate Activists Fox Valley

Fridays through April 17 at Houdini Plaza in Appleton:

“We are climate striking every Friday to raise awareness about the climate crisis. By doing this we are putting pressure on our state government and Appleton City Hall to take action. We demonstrate at Houdini Plaza from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed.”

Click here to visit event page on Facebook

ESTHER 2020 Annual Celebration

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Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020 (All day)
Location: 
Virtual

Mark your Calendar

ESTHER’s 2020 Virtual Celebration

17th Annual Gathering

Sunday, November 1

 This year’s celebration will feature Rev. Traci Blackmon as keynote speaker. 

“Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” West African Proverb 

Rev Traci BlackmonRev. Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ, three miles from Ferguson, Missouri. She was a registered nurse for 25 years prior to becoming an ordained minister. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her audiences at the White House, the Carter Center, and the Vatican. She co-authored the White Privilege curriculum for the UCC and toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Repairers of the Breech and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, proclaiming the need for a Moral Revival in the nations.

“I speak for the lions. And we are many!” Rev. Traci Blackmon

Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

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Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Shattuck Park, 210 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

Native American Dance in CostumeHelp celebrate the Native American history and culture of this area by joining the Neenah and Menasha Historical Societies for our 4th Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow.

The pow wow will feature dancers and drum groups from throughout Wisconsin, and the traveling exhibit “Bittersweet Winds” will also be on display. Native American food and crafts will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Neenah Landmarks Commission will also host free Voyageur Canoe rides from Shattuck Park.

Unity In the Community - Block Party and Resource Fair

Date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Hart Park, 700 7th St, Menasha

Featuring:

  • Free Food
  • Live DJ
  • Face Painting
  • Games & Prizes
  • Bounce House
  • Resources for Housing & Shelter
  • Services for Veterans
  • Employment Services
  • Health Care
  • Community Resources

Live music provided by Al-E-Kat Entertainment & Karaoke

Brought to you by Souled Out Ministries, 920-215-6904

Sponsored by many business, organizations, and agencies in the Fox Valley

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer!

Latino Fest 2019

Date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Romeo and Juliet - Cookout and a Play

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Date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Romeo & JulietSteve & Dee
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 pm

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

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

Pierce Park (1035 W. Prospect Ave, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $15 adults; $25 couples; $30 families

Register Now

Lights for Liberty Fox Valley, WI

Date: 
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Lights For Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

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