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UW-Oshkosh World Hijab Day Celebration - Hijab Pick-Up

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Reeve Union Concourse, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Second annual World Hijab Day Celebration, sponsored by UW Oshkosh Women's Center,  Reeve Union & Interfaith Dialogue and Education Alliance; Fox Valley Islamic Society; UW Oshkosh Muslim Student Association, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Oshkosh.

Pick up hijabs at Reeve Union Concourse (748 Algoma Blvd) 11:00 am-1:00pm or UW Oshkosh Women's Center (717 W. Irving Ave) 5:00-6:00 pm.

Presentation and Q&A session 5:00-6:00 pm at UW Oshkosh Women's Center.

For more information, contact Mamadou Coulibaly

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World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Share an evening of fellowship among the Fox Valley's diverse faith communities. We will practice listening with humility and compassion, challenging the biases that limit us, and deepening our understanding of shared humanity.

Fox Valley faith and fellowship communities have participated in this global celebration since its first observance in 2011. The event is free, planned locally, and open to all.

Youth groups welcome!
Questions? Call 920-426-2920

Help spread the word - download and share the poster attached below!


Interfaith Festival of Gratitude: Community Gathering

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Grand Opera House, 100 High S., Oshkosh

The theme for this year’s festival is “Welcome home.” Representatives from many different faith communities will share thoughts on how their faith traditions offer hospitality to other people.  Proceeds from the free will offering will benefit Day by Day Warming Shelter in Oshkosh.

Copies of local author Beth Heuer’s book, Voices of Wisdom: A Story of Homelessness & Hope, will be on sale at the festival for $15.00, with all sales donated to the Day By Day Warming Shelter. The book portrays Heuer’s passion for addressing homelessness at the community level through a fictional story of a homeless individual, and a discussion of the myths of homelessness.

This is the 8th annual festival, the largest event of its kind in Wisconsin.

For more information about the festival, or if your faith community would like to take part, please contact Tom Willadsen, at (920) 235-6180, or

The festival will be preceded by an potluck at at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Mosque at 300 N. Eagle Street, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  People are encouraged to bring a dish to share that is special to their faith or ethnic group.  Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided. Guests are asked not to bring dishes that contain pork or alcohol.

Interfaith Festival of Gratitude: Potluck Dinner

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
Ahmadiyyah Mosque, 300 N Eagle St., Oshkosh

Bring a dish to share from your ethnic or faith tradition. Please, no pork or alcohol.

Table service and beverages provided.

For more information about the potluck, please contact Khurram Ahmed, at (920) 385-9457 or

The festival continues at 7 pm at The Grand, 100 High Street, Oshkosh, where representatives of numerous faith traditions in Oshkosh will take the stage and share how they express gratitude.

World Hijab Day Events in the Fox Cities

Woman in hijabTo mark World Hijab Day in the Fox Valley, a series of events are being held in the month of February:

February 1 in Oshkosh and Neenah, and on Facebook Live:

Pick up your hijab at one of three Oshkosh or Neenah locations, then view the Facebook Live stream from 6:30-8:30 pm

February 11 at the Appleton Public Library

1:00-3:00 pm - Hijab Celebration (meeting rooms A/B/C). Learn how to wear hijab and why it is an important tradition for Muslim women. There will be time to talk, ask questions, enjoy amazing free food! Meet new friends and celebrate diversity in our community!

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration 2017

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration

February 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI

Plate of bread being passedCome explore the dimensions of compassion in an innovative event that combines music, discussion and breaking bread together.  Join friends, neighbors and family in this promotion of harmony and tolerance among all religions, faiths and beliefs. Join the thousands of people around the world who accept the challenge to kindle compassion and extend kindness, respect and civility to everyone in our community. The need for people to come together has never been greater.

Interfaith Conversation Series

embracing interfaith cooperation - eboo patelJoin Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, in a video presentation exploring what it means to be “literate” about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation “works” and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including colleges and faith communities, can play in this process.

Sundays, 3:00–4:30 pm, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2330 E. Calumet St., Appleton. RSVPs appreciated to

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

Interfaith harmony wheelSupporters of interfaith harmony in the Fox Valley are gathering on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week by breaking bread together and exploring their common vision. All are welcome!

Religious Discrimination in Menasha? Respond Now!

Disappointed ESTHER and Sikh leaders after an attempt to meet with Menasha Mayor Don Merkes

September 17, 2013

The City of Menasha has assessed property taxes on the Fox Cities Sikh Temple on Midway Road. As a community of faith, the Temple is exempt from property taxes.

ESTHER and leaders of the Sikh community have been working quietly together for more than a year to persuade the City of Menasha that the taxes were imposed in error, and to have them rolled back. So far, the city has not found a way to rectify its error. Just today, the mayor refused to attend a meeting on the matter that had been confirmed as recently as last Friday.

Property taxes were levied on the Sikh Temple in error, and the City of Menasha is responsible for the error. The city can take action to fix it.

Please call Menasha Mayor Don Merkes's office right away (920-967-3600) to ask that this issue be resolved promptly and fairly.

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