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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.

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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?

Back to School Block Party with People of Progression

Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Taperz Barber Shop, 203 N Richmond St, Appleton

Join People of Progression on Sunday, August 27th, from 12 pm to 5 pm at their Back to School Block Party. It’ll be full of culture, activities, shopping, and connections to prepare all youth for returning to school.

Special Guests:

Bumble Bee!
Ghost Busters!


Video Gaming!
Art & Crafts!
Face painting!
…& much more!

FREE HAIRCUTS and BRAIDS - text 920-931-4102 to get on the WAITING LIST ❗️

Latino Fest 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Casa Hispana is proud to sponsor the 2023 Latino Fest celebration, a free event for community members of all ages to participate!

Enjoy live music, dance performances, art demonstrations, and other cultural expressions representing the diversity of the Fox Valley Hispanic/ Latinx community. Learn about services from local nonprofits, schools and businesses, and discover employment opportunities. Come ready to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. 

Please contact Casa Hispana with any questions at

Follow the event on its Facebook page

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

Film Screening: The Invisible Class

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Casa Esther Catholic Worker, ESTHER, Trinity Episcopal Church Oshkosh, and
First Congregational Church Oshkosh present
a screening of The Invisible Class.

The Invisible Class - Documentary FilmThis powerful film is about homelessness all across America, its criminalization and the devastating impacts of the loss of affordable housing. Mass homelessness in the United States didn’t always exist, so how did we get to where we are today?

The screening is free and open to the public. Cash and material donations will be collected (see more below).

Doors open at 5:30.

Talkback and refreshments to follow.

ESTHER Gives Away Books and Bikes to Celebrate Juneteenth 2023

ESTHER celebrated Appleton Juneteenth 2023 on Sunday, June 11, with African Heritage, Inc. and many other community organizations supporting diverse groups, causes and community challenges. ESTHER gave away over 100 books for all ages. Members had contributed books by and about Black history, heroes, strengths and struggles.

ESTHER also raffled off four bikes, including one donated by Chain Reaction Cyclery in Appleton (Thank you, Nikki!), and another purchased by ESTHER to give away.  The four free raffle winners were thrilled with their bike wins.

More photographs of the event can be found on the Facebook page of ESTHER and of African Heritage, Inc.

ESTHER Brings Solitary Confinement Cell Replica to Appleton

Special thanks to Fran Nelson for this report on the Transformational Justice Task Force’s Appleton event featuring a replica solitary confinement cell.

Talib Akbar with replica solitary confinement cell he builtESTHER’s Transformational Justice Task Force organized an educational event and public tour bringing an exact replica of a Solitary Confinement Cell to Appleton on May 11 and 12, 2023.  The replica was designed and built by Talib Akbar, a formerly incarcerated man, who has brought it to communnities around the state. This event was meant to increase awareness of the harm of solitary confinement in Wisconsin prisons.

In Appleton, Akbar explained to many citizens and public administrators the severe impact of prolonged isolation (used on both male and female prisoners), including the mentally ill. Akbar was placed in isolation ten different times—the longest was almost two years—during his 20 years in Wisconsin prisons. (More than 15 days in isolation has been defined as torture by the United Nations since 2011.)

13th Annual Appleton Juneteenth

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Jones Park, 301 W Lawrence St, Appleton

Be sure to stop by the ESTHER booth when you come!

African Heritage, Inc., Presents 13th Annual Appleton Juneteenth. Free Admission. Boost your digital skills.<br />
Covid 19 shots. $$$. Black health & wealth is dope! Destiny Child Experience. MC Keith L. Brown Mr. I'm Possible.<br />
Poet 22. Milwaukee African Drum and Dance. Afro Pop Music with Mimi. Comedian Kelly Kelly. 2023 Black Excellence Graduation.<br />
Children's Activies. Food. Music. Community Organizations, Retail Vendors, Black Greek-Letter Organizations. Stone of Hope.<br />
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, United Way, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sargento, Walmart, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region,<br />
Get Boosted, Community First Credit Union.

You Belong Block Party

Saturday, June 17, 2023 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Dr, Menasha

Celebrating Volunteers & Diversity in Our Community

A community event by Volunteer Fox Cities & Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities

  • Live Entertainment
  • On-Site Volunteering
  • Food Trucks
  • Carnival Games
  • Communty Cookout
  • Family-Friendly Fun!


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