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Shared Sanctuary Benefit Concert

Date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton

John McCutcheonFeaturing Singer-songwriter John McCutcheon

Benefitting Shared Sanctuary Legal Fund

Suggested donation: $20

The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship recently voted to become a sanctuary congregation, willing to house someone who is in immediate danger of being deported. All donations for this concert benefit The Fellowship’s Shared Sanctuary Legal Fund, which assists families or individuals who need representation when facing deportation.

Wisconsin native John McCutcheon is a master instrumentalist, a powerful singer-songwriter,  and a gifted story-teller. Watching John, his audiences can feel and share his passion for three things: people, justice, and the joyful celebration of making music.

Doors open at 6:30. Opening act: Cris and Ann Plata, sharing Mexican roots music.

Help spread the word: Download flyer (below) and share!

Sponsored by

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Winnebago Worship Group
Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) of the Fox Valley

ESTHER

Green Apple Folk Music Society

 

2017 Banquet a Rousing Success

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2017 Banquet Crowd - image by Mark RiceOver 225 people—a full house—gathered at Liberty Hall last Sunday evening for ESTHER’s 13th annual banquet. The spirit in the room was amazing. ESTHER recognized Kris Clouthier for her exceptional, sustained efforts in sharing Latino/a stories through ESTHER’s Latino simulation, Walk in Our Shoes, as well as the “Voices of Hope” readers theatre. Bob Pedersen, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries North Central Wisconsin, was honored for his creative, energetic, and people-focused leadership of this truly transformative organization in the Fox Valley.

Keynote speaker Glenn E. Martin shared from the heart and the head in challenging America's addiction to dehumanizing punishment, not only in prisons but throughout our culture: “70 million people in the United States have a criminal record. You can't criminalize 70 million people unless you dehumanize them first.”

It was great to be joined by many who were attending an ESTHER banquet for the first time. We especially enjoyed being joined by members of ExPO (Ex‑Prisoners Organizing) from the Fox Valley and throughout the state, as well as representatives from JOSHUA, RUTH, WISDOM and others.

If you were there, you know what a great evening it was. If you missed it this year, do plan to join us in 2018!

"Under the Tent" Annual Interfaith Event

Date: 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

FAITH & POVERTYThe Fox Valley Islamic Society is hosting its 18th annual Interfaith Gathering on Sunday, August 6 at 3:00 pm. All are invited to attend this year's event at no charge, which will once again be held "Under the Tent" at the mosque, and offers opportunities to learn, interact, and feast.

The event will feature presentations and discussion on the theme of “Faith and Poverty,” with a feast and fellowship to follow. RSVP to fvis.interfaith@gmail.com, or phone 618-203-6891.

No Back 40 Mine - Save the Menominee River: Presentation by Guy Reiter

Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Girl Scout Office, 4693 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton

Menominee River near proposed mine siteThe Back Forty Mine project is a proposed open-pit metallic sulfide mine located on the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, MI, just across the river from Marinette, WI. The Menominee Nation and many allies, including local citizens, local governments, environmental organizations, and grassroots organizations, are opposed to the mine.

Learn more about the project from Menominee Tribal Organizer Guy Reiter and Dr. Al Gedicks, Executive Secretary, Natural Resources Protection Council.

Juneteenth

Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
City Park, Appleton

Juneteenth posterJuneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We are delighted that the Fox Cities is home to such a memorable freedom program.

Join ESTHER and many other community organizations based in the Fox Cities and beyond in City Park on June 11 for presentations, music, food, community spirit! Perfect for all ages. Free!

  • Health, community information, retail booths
  • Food, clothing & jewelry vendors
  • Giveaways
  • Storytelling, arts & crafts, dancing
  • Balloon-twisting
  • Inflatables

More information at http://www.africanheritageinc.org/events/juneteenth-2017/

Community Column: "Let's Fight Social Injustice in the Fox Cities"

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Bill Van Lopik, ESTHER OrganizerESTHER Organizer Bill Van Lopik has recently started a term as a Community Columnist for the Post-Crescent. In his inaugural column, which appeared on April 1 (no fooling!), he writes with passion and conviction about some “dominant narratives” that cause fear and suspicion and can blind us to the truth about our communities and our neighbors. He testifies to the power of a different approach, in which we work

… to build relationships among people from various ethnic backgrounds, economic status, race, cultures and religions. It is through these relationships that we understand that there are other stories, other realities and other narratives. It is easy to live in a bubble and only interact with people who look like us, act like us, talk like us and believe the same things we do. However, if we hope to build a community which values dignity and respect we are going to have to be a lot more curious and courageous about who we see as our neighbors.

 

Electronics Recycling Event

stuff to recycleSaturday, May 20, 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, computer monitors, fridges/freezers (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.

Treatment Instead of Incarceration for OWI: A Forum

Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Inmate in CellCome hear State Representative Michael Schraa present his WISGREAT plan—an intensive alcoholism treatment pilot project directed at those who are facing incarceration after a fourth or higher OWI conviction. The plan would address alcohol addiction, reduce recidivism, keep families connected, and make communities safer and healthier for all. Presenters include Rep. Michael Schraa, Winnebago County Public Health and ESTHER Treatment Instead of Prison Task Force.

Madison Action Day - March 30

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Walking to the Capitol“Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice”

Join over 800 WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin at the state capitol to advocate and educate legislators and departments about issues in the proposed state budget, including criminal justice, environmental justice, public health, education and public transit!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:00 am–4:00 pm. Breakfast and networking at 8:00
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

Featuring keynote speakers:

  • Rev. Alex Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison.
  • Ms. Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy.

Cost: $25.00 - includes lunch, materials, and bus transportation. Scholarships are available.

Buses to/from Fox Cities locations the day of the event.

REGISTER TODAY!

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day - April 1, 2017

Scene from Haunted by GodMark your calendar for Saturday, April 1, at 7:00, for an evening that promises to be entertaining and inspiring! Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day is a compelling one-woman show about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. After her death in 1980, the New York Times eulogized Dorothy as a “nonviolent social radical of luminous personality.”

This event is a benefit for ESTHER, made possible by sponsorship of St. Thomas More Community, Appleton; St. Bernard Parish, Appleton; and Casa Esther, Omro. A free-will offering will be taken.

When: Saturday, April 1, 7:00 pm
Where: First Congregational UCC, Appleton

Seating is limited. Reserve your place now.

Reserve

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