Group Description

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ESTHER stands for Empowerment Solidarity Truth Hope Equity Reform
Organizer: Bill Van Lopik
Office Assistant: Francisca Hiscocks

Our Beginnings.
ESTHER held its founding Covenanting Event on November 7th, 2004, with six congregations. Prior to our covenanting, gatherings of interested religious and lay leaders were held starting in May, 2002.

ESTHER is an interfaith social-justice organization. We are grassroots and non-profit, focusing our work in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin.
ESTHER aims to bring together people of faith and communities of faith to build community and to identify and act on issues of injustice. Faith communities covenanting with ESTHER are united based on shared values such as equality and human dignity. We work with congregations and individuals in collaboration with community partners and public officials so that everyone can have a voice and role in bringing about strong and just communities. ESTHER sometimes seeks to mobilize support for or opposition to particular legislation or rule-making; we do not, however, advocate for candidates or parties.

We seek to:

  • Bring healing and unity as an interfaith community that reaches beyond the divisions of race, creed, and socio-economic status
    Build solid relationships with one another and with community leaders
    Identify and address root causes of poverty, oppression, and injustice
    Be agents of change that unite the community and spread a message of hope
    Work at local, state, and national levels to promote justice
    Empower people to overcome injustices and respond to the social-justice concerns of people in the communities of the Fox Valley

ESTHER is an affiliate of WISDOM, the Wisconsin affiliate of GAMALIEL.

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