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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.

Moving Past Hate

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reeve Union Ballroom, UW Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Moving Past Hate Banner Image“The Gift of Our Wounds” authors Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a Sikh, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, share a message of forgiveness and compassion while addressing a host of social issues, including violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, Holocaust remembrance and genocide prevention.

The co-authors are also co-founders of Serve2Unite. They will speak about how to understand incidents of hate and how to intervene when encountering hateful acts or incidents. Kaleka, who lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5th, 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, and Michaelis, a former white supremacist who helped to start a gang back in the late 1980s that produced the August 5th shooter, founded Serve2Unite in 2013 to share their message of forgiveness after hate.

Showing Support for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

In light of the horrific murders of our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand this past week, ESTHER members are encouraged to gather at our local mosques during their gathering times on Friday, March 22, to show compassion, solidarity and friendship.

  • Islamic Center of Wisconsin
    720 W Parkway Blvd, Appleton
  • Fox Valley Islamic Society
    102 Kappell Dr, Neenah
  • Masjid Qamar Oshkosh Mosque
    300 N Eagle St, Oshkosh

The Neenah and Appleton mosques meet for worship at 1 pm and the Oshkosh mosque has their gathering at 1:15 pm.

Please be aware that there is much fear and suspicion of strangers in the Muslim community at this time, but that should not stop people of good will from extending a hand of friendship and kindness.

World Hijab Day Celebration

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida St Appleton

Hijab Celebration Image - 3 women wearing hijabCome celebrate diversity within our community and enjoy refreshments in a casual, welcoming space. Learn about Islam. Learn about the hijab and how it is worn.

Jointly sponsored by Appleton Public Library, ESTHER, and Fox Cities Muslim Women Group. Funding provided by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

Help spread the word. Download and share the attached poster.

Hosted by the Fox Cities Muslim Women Group, Friends of Appleton Public Library, Appleton Public Library

Friends in Common: Connect, Like, and Share

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Friends in Common: Connect, Like, and Share

In our hands, we can connect to a world of information. But how well do we understand all those friends we find?

Join ESTHER together with faith and fellowship communities from the Fox Valley to explore our faiths’ views on friendship. See how we’re alike. Explore how were different. Connect with new friends. Share what you want others to understand about your faith!

No charge. Refreshments served.

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

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities 26th Annual Community Cookout

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities (CDFC) provides main dishes and beverages. There will be a Dignity & Respect Campaign conversation activity, a dance performance coordinated by IndUS of Fox Valley, music presented by DJ Rayon tha Don, children’s activities, a piñata, and more.

For full information, see the event Facebook Page here:

Questions? Contact the organizers at

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