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The Condor and the Eagle - Showing and Discussion

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Online Showing

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The Condor & The Eagle Film PosterPlease join the ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force & the UU Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Justice Action Ministry in a Unitarian Universalist community screening and discussion with the filmmakers and protagonists of the award-winning climate justice documentary, The Condor & The Eagle

The discussion will also include Anakhwet Guy Reiter, Executive Director of Menīkāaehkem - Menominee Rebuilders, who can address the efforts of Wisconsin’s Indigenous people to combat harmful extractive industry projects.

When: Thursday, August 20th at 7:30pm-10 CT 
Where: Online

Details & Registration: HERE

New Mosque Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 2:00pm
2680 Marathon Ave, Neenah, WI 54956
Architect’s rendering of new FVIS mosque

Architect’s rendering of new mosque for Fox Valley Islamic Society

Fox Valley Islamic Society announces the groundbreaking ceremony for its new mosque. The event will occur on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at the site of the new facility, 2680 Marathon Avenue, Neenah, WI  54956. Planning for the mosque has been in process for an extended period, and with widespread community support, the City of Neenah issued a special-use permit about a year ago to allow construction on this site.

All are invited to attend the ceremony. Please plan to wear a mask and observe social distancing at the event.

RSVPs to the Islamic Society are requested by August 3 to aid in planning, using one of the following:

The Society’s longstanding “Under the Tent” interfaith event, typically held at the Mosque on the first Sunday in August, will not be held in 2020 because of the risks associated with the pandemic. The Society’s members hope you will be able to attend this groundbreaking instead.

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Bread for the World -Have Faith, End HungerA Special Invitation for ESTHER Faith Communities & Individual Members 

from Bread for the World Midwest Regional Organizer, Zach Schmidt
& Prince of Peace ELCA Advocacy Team

When Prince of Peace’s ELCA Advocacy Team realized our annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters would need to go virtual, we also realized it was an opportunity to invite area congregations to join us in advocating for the hungry. 

We are excited to announce that our 2020 Offering of Letters will be kicked off with a special webinar for ESTHER member faith communities and individuals.    

Please plan to join us on Thursday, April 30, at noon for this fabulous opportunity to join with neighbors throughout the Fox Valley to address food insecurity and nutritional needs even as we are physically distanced.

Please leave a message at to request the registration link.

Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow: BFW's 2020 Offering of Letters to Congress

Need more information?  Learn more at these links:

What is Bread for the World?

What is an Offering of Letters?

Does an Offering of Letters make a difference

See the attached articles for more information.

Religious Leaders Caucus Meeting

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Zoom Meeting


Religious Leaders Caucus ZOOM Meeting

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Open House: Islamic Center of Wisconsin

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
720 W Parkway Blvd, Appleton

The Islamic Center of Wisconsin (720 W. Parkway Blvd., Appleton) will have an Open House on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM.

The Fox Valley Muslim community warmly invites you, your family, friends and colleagues to visit the Mosque! Learn about Islam and ask questions. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. 

For more information, please contact (920) 882-3001.

Religious Leaders Caucus Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Zoom Teleconference

For a Zoom link to the meeting, or to be added to the mailing list, please send email to

I Thought [Catholics] Couldn’t Join ESTHER

The November 2019 issue of The Compass, the official newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, contains an article entitled, “I Thought We Couldn’t Join ESTHER.” It was written by Peter Weiss, program manger for the Diocesan Office of Living Justice.

As Weiss notes, the view expressed in the article’s title is incorrect:

So to summarize, Bishop Ricken did not say it was wrong for individual Catholics to belong to groups like ESTHER and JOSHUA [ESTHER’s sister organization in Green Bay]. Rather, he recognized the good work these organizations do in our communities and left the decision [about membership or support] up to the prudential judgment of the individual.

Fox Valley Islamic Society’s 2019 Interfaith Gathering

Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Moving From Fear Toward Mutual Trust

Fear - Fear & Trust - FearOnce again, the Fox Valley Islamic Society invites the Fox Valley community to be their guests at a gathering “under the tent.”

Learn, Interact, Feast … for Free!

The event offers presentations and group discussion followed by a meal hosted by members of the Islamic Society.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jon Pahl (Educator, Author, Public Speaker)
  • Younis Zaidan (Islamic Center of Wisconsin)
  • Rev. Thomas Willadsen (Presbyterian Pastor)

QR code for RSVPRSVP appreciated by Sunday, July 28: Email to, call 920-215-9840, register online at this link, or scan this QR code.

In case of bad weather, the Gathering will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Oshkosh Work Group Meeting Summary - 4 June 2019

ESTHER’s Oshkosh Workgroup held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Watch this brief report from chair Jennifer Considine with information about:

  • Continuing efforts to provide free or reduce-fare transportation for students in Oshkosh schools.
  • Improving the racial literacy of the task force by reading and discussing together Debby Irving’s Waking up White.
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