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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, June 6, 2016 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 4:00pm Oshkosh Work Group Congregation B'nai Israel, 1121 Algoma Blvd. Oshkosh
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist, Neenah-Menasha, 108 W. Doty Ave. Neenah
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC, Appleton Riverside Room Downstairs
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 9:00am - 4:00pm 1- Day Leadership Training- Organizing 101 First United Presbyterian of DePere 605 N. Webster Ave. DePere

Juneteenth Festival 2016

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Juneteenth Festival 2016 PosterNoon-6PM
City Park
500 E. Franklin St
Downtown Appleton

Juneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. African Heritage, Inc. (AHI), in collaboration with the City of Appleton, is hosting its seventh annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2016 in downtown Appleton. The family-friendly program will feature musical, dance and poetry performances as well as a Children‘s Village and community resource fair with food sales. More info at African Heritage Inc.

Leadership Training Day 2016

  • Do you want to make an impact on your community?
  • Are you ready to develop some organizing skills to improve your community?

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Be sure to attend this event!

A Day of Training for
Leadership Development
Team Building
and Action

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
First United Presbyterian Church
605 N. Webster, De Pere

See more details in the flyer: [Click Here]

Register (and optionally, pay) here.

These strategies can work with any issue and in any group.

Electronics Recycling Event

stuff to recycleSaturday, May 21, 8 am-12 pm
First Congregational UCC
West Parking Lot
724 East South River St., Appleton

ESTHER is sponsoring an electronics recycling event and fundraiser. Simply gather up all of the electronics, appliances, business equipment, etc. that are no longer useful to you (working or not) and drop them off at the location above. No charge except for TVs and computer monitors (see full story or flyer for details).

All Materials are kept in USA. All hard drives shredded or destroyed. Event will go on rain or shine.

Mariposa and the Saint

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Scene from the play Mariposa & the SaintOn Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is hosting Mariposa & the Saint, From Solitary Confinement: A Play Through Letters. The play recreates Mariposa's experience in solitary through letters written to a friend. The initial performances were held in New York under auspices of the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement. Admission is free; a goodwill offering is appreciated.

Download a flyer here.

Alternative Courts Education Forum

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Judge John Des JardinsBernie VetroneJudge John Des Jardins and Treatment Services Director Bernie Vetrone will describe ongoing work leading towards a system-wide, evidence-based approach to evaluation, treatment, and incarceration of criminal defendants in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 pm
Appleton Public Library, Room C

Outagamie County is one of eighteen counties in the nation chosen to participate in this National Institute of Corrections-sponsored project.

Read more about the project in this article from the Post Crescent of March 23, 2015.

Team ESTHER: Support us in the 2016 Human Race

Join Us - Human Race, April 30ESTHER will again have a team in the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's annual Human Race event. The walk itself will be on Saturday, April 30.  Our fundraising goal is $4,000— used to support leadership training and community-building that we will do this year.

There are two ways that you can help us meet our goal! First, you can join the team! And second you can help support us financially by visiting our team page and making your pledge: https://www.fundlyenterprise.com/Event/ESTHER#/

Community Conversation and Potluck

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Part 1: Your faith, your values and what you’re willing to stand for

Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30-7:30 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church
200 N Commercial St, Neenah

Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30-7:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation
1121 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Sunday, March 20, 12:30-2:30 pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
213 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton
(This event will be bi-lingual: English/Spanish)

The event is free and open to the public. We invite each household to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Questions? Email us at: office@esther-foxvalley.org or give us a call at 920-843-8083. 

Join ESTHER in a three-part community conversation series around faith, values and community. The first event will be in March (dates and locations in the left column) with locations in Appleton, Neenah/Menasha, and Oshkosh to engage the community at the local level.

What you can expect: each event will begin with a potluck followed by a brief reflection, then small-group conversations about faith and values. You will walk away with a better understanding of your community and the people who live here, and have an opportunity to explore your faith, values, and their connection.

We will announce the dates and locations for the next two parts in the series (summer and early fall) in the coming weeks.


Help spread the word: download event flyer here. (PDF)

Restore our Communities: Restorative Justice for Wisconsin

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David LinersDavid Liners, State Director for WISDOM, will be speaking in Appleon on March 2, 2016 under sponsorship of the Noonhour Philosophers program of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. His topic will be ROC Wisconsin, an ongoing project of WISDOM, working alongside its affiliates and partners (including EXPO—Ex-Prisoners Organizing), to reform the criminal justice system in our state so that it helps to build up our communities instead of tearing them down.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 S. Allen St., Appleton
  • Free and open to all; no advance registration required

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 jonesrn@new.rr.com.

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