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Celebrating ten years of building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice

Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

  • To learn more about a particular event, click on its title
  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on 'more' at the bottom right of the listing
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 5:30pm TIP Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Sunday, August 10, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, August 16, 2014 (All day) Gamaliel National Weeklong Training in the Midwest TBA
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force UU Fellowship Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist, Neenah-Menasha, 108 W. Doty Ave. Neenah
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC, Appleton Riverside Room Downstairs

Pink Dots Everywhere - ESTHER's First "Issues Night" a Big Success!

Issues Night participants placing their "pink dots" to vote on issuesForty people gathered in at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Menasha on July 22 for ESTHER's first “Issues Night.” In an hour and a half of conversation, dozens of important community concerns were raised, explored, and voted upon. When the dust had settled, seven issues had risen to the top. A couple were already on ESTHER's radar, but the majority were new to us. Want to compare your list to ours? Click “read more” below …

Sr. Helen Prejean Coming to Fox Valley

Sister Helen Prejean speaking into microphone

Mark your calendars!

We are thrilled to announce that Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and tireless advocate for humane treatment of incarcerated persons, will be the keynote speaker at ESTHER’s 2014 Annual Banquet on December 7th. Celebrating 10 Years of Justice, ESTHER invites the entire community to hear this compelling speaker, reminisce with friends, find holiday treasures in the silent auction, and look ahead to ESTHER's next 10 years.

  • Sunday, December 7 (no Packer Game that day)
  • 5:00-8:30 PM
  • Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly

 

Another $1.5 Million for Treatment Alternatives!

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The state legislature recently approved a $1.5 million annual increase to the TAD (Treatment Alternatives and Diversions) fund. This amount builds on the $1.5 million increase that was approved in the summer of 2013. In the past year, funding for treatment alternatives has gone from $1 million per year to $4 million per year. Based on the past performance of TAD programs, we can conservatively estimate that the $3 million/year increase will result in:

“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out”

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Cover of Voices from Inside“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out” is now available. The book contains excerpts from some of the hundreds of letters WISDOM has received from inmates since the start of the 11×15 campaign. The letters touch upon a variety of themes, and each of them reminds us that prisoners are human beings with hopes, dreams, regrets and questions. The letters are accompanied by reflections from judges, bishops, pastors and others, as well as important facts about the criminal justice system.

Books can be obtained from any local WISDOM group or from the WISDOM office—3195 S. Superior St., #310, Milwaukee, WI 53207. A $5 donation per book is suggested.

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!

Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2013 ESTHER challenge match campaign. When everything was counted, 103 people either made new contributions during 2013 or increased the amount of their support during 2013 as compared to 2012, for a total of $7,830 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool.

What a VICTORY!! Thank you for supporting ESTHER's work.

Latino Simulation, Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College

On January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College hosted a presentation of “In Our Shoes,” the Latino Similation developed by ESTHER with support from ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team. More than 50 people took part in the experience. Click below to see what happened.

Video of MLK Day Latino Simulation at Saint Norbert College

A big “Thank You!” to the College for hosting the simulation, and to its Communications Office for producing the video and allowing us to share it with you.

Latino Simulations Kick Off in the Fox Valley

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The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; see below about how to RSVP.

This simulation was developed through the support and efforts of ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT), ESTHER, and dedicated individuals in our community.

RSVPs are required in advance.  To ensure your spot in the simulation, please send your name and the date you plan to attend to latinosimulation@gmail.com

Thursday, November 21st, 6:00-9:00 pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
213 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton

To download a flyer, CLICK HERE!

Walking the Walk: Acting to Meet Our Common Challenges

2012 Interfaith Gathering“Walking the Walk” is the theme of the 2013 Interfaith Gathering being hosted by the Fox Valley Islamic Society on September 8. Everyone interested in interfaith dialogue and cooperation is invited to attend. The gathering will be held under a large tent on the grounds of the Mosque in Neenah, starting at 3:00 p.m., and will conclude with a meal prepared by members of the Islamic Society.

In extending the invitation, Mohammad Rashid, president of the Islamic Society, expressed his hope that the gathering would “encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in our community. This will then allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

2012 Interfaith GatheringIn addition to the experience of learning and interacting with people from many different faith comminities, you can also look forward to great fellowship and spectacularly good food.

Please help spread the invitation by downloading and sharing the flyer with your family and friends.

Place: Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Dr., Neenah
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM

RSVP Appreciated: (920) 809-5333 or (920) 749-0311
Email: rashid54915@yahoo.com

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