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2017 First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

All events are at 219 Hamilton Street at 6 PM EST unless otherwise specified
First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
December 3, 10, 17, 24: STUDENT DOOLOGY HOUR at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton
December 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- 6 pm, School #33  cafeteria (500 Webster Ave, all females receive flowers from the men)

Kwanzaa (Dec 26- Jan 1) 6pm except for Sun Dec 31
December 26: Umoja (unity)
December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination)
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
December 30: Nia (purpose)
December 31: Kuumba -- 4pm Student Doology Hour (creativity)
January 1: Imani--KWANZAA FEAST at St Johns Home, 150 Highland Ave (faith)

We also want to thank all those "ROCstars" who participated in the November 29 ("Giving Tuesday") 24 hour Rochester based online fundraiser know…
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Hot off the press: Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans is available

Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, Sr. 's legacy is finally out in a book format.  One of his adult students, Sister Brenda Snow, active in the Institute for three years, was so inspired by Minister Evans' lessons and the audio lessons of his late queen, Minister Akilah Ife, that she decided to write her debut book Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.  The book is now available for purchase for $15.00 USD. A prolific writer, Sister Snow uses various Biblical verses to express her love for the Evans family and explain the discipline of Doology. Sister Brenda is currently interning with Minister Evans for one year in preparation to become a minister in her own right.

Here is a link to the order form that you can download and print to order the book:

Pre-order Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations

On Saturday, October 21 at 11 am, the Rochester and Ohio chapters of the Institute will hold its annual trustee meeting and open house at 219 Hamil…

Minister Akilah's Cultural Extravaganza is on Sept. 23

The month of September is very important at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. We resume our after school portion of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program.Some members of the extended Evans family have birthdays in September. The late Minister Akilah Ife Evans, the First Lady of First Community Interfaith Institute in Rochester, was born in September and married Minister Lawrance Lee Evans in September 1967, while both were still in college.

On Saturday, September 23 at 6 PM, we will celebrate Minister Akilah's legacy with the annual Minister Akikah Ife's Cultural Extravaganza at 219 Hamilton Street. The final performer's lineup has yet to be confirmed, but it s safe to say that you will have a good time while watching the finest in music and poetry from our community. We encourage one and all to participate on September 23. Food will be served. If you want to participate or have questions, please come to Student Doology Hour on Sunday at 4 PM at 219 Hamilton Street.

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Marcus Garvey will be 130 years old on August 17!

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. invites the public to attend the week long "Uhuru Week: In Honor of Marcus Garvey" from August 13-19. All events will be at 219 Hamilton Street.


Sunday, August 13 (4 PM): Special Student Doology Hour featuring a presentation on the Ashanti (Asante) nation of Ghana, followed by a commentary by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans. Dinner will be served.Monday-Wednesday, August 14-16 (6 PM): there will be a display of Garvey related materials. Attendees can use these dates to enroll in the Charles Riley Tutorial Program or meet with Minister Lawrance Lee EvansThursday, August 17 (6 PM): 130TH anniversary of the Honorable Marcus Garvey's birth, highlights are presentations on the Akan and Zulu nations of Ghana and South Africa respectively, a presentation on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the annual Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial. Refreshments will be served.Friday, August 18 (6 PM): presentation on the Igbo (Ibo) nation of N…

Join us for our annual Legacy Day celebration

Legacy Day: In honor of Madam Martha McMiller Jordan will be on June 6, 2017 (6 PM) at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.  The event features a Doology Workshop which is coordinated by the students of the Ministry School of Doology. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. will conduct the workshop.

The workshop is designed for those who desire "people" skills and "personal" skills for the purpose of individual success. Doology is a discipline for being successful in one's academic environment and in one's interpersonal relationships.
Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. is the Developer of Doology based on the teachings of his late grandmother, Madam Martha McMiller Jordan. RSVP at fciirochester@gmail.com.
June 6 is the birthday of Madam Martha Jordan. The Doology Workshop is also a fundraiser for the annual trip to the FCII Festival in July.

Join us for the "Meaning of Resurrection"

On Sunday, April 16, join First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. for a very special service at 4 PM. "The Meaning of Resurrection," the annual presentation by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., is a unique viewpoint on the significance of resurrection from a black perspective and always take place on "Easter Sunday." Dinner will be served,  and the program is open to all faiths.  We hope to see you on April 16!

Rev. Myra Brown, one of the honorees at our Women's History Month event, spoke about her background during the program.

It's Time to "Receive Your Heavenly Blessings" for Women's History Month

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc will have a program of “Honor and Thank you” on Friday, March 10, 2017 (6 PM) at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY.
The Institute will honor the late Siti Akanke (AKA Mary Bailey), who helped Minister Evans develop case management services at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. She also was a trustee at the Institute for over twenty years. Libation will be performed on behalf of Sister Siti.
Also on the Women’s History Month program, the Institute will give Rev. Myra Brown a “Thank You” in its traditional “Shout Out” based on its Doology discipline.
Rev. Myra Brown, who was ordained into the priesthood at Spiritus Christi Church, will be saluted at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc at the Institute’s Women’s History Month program “Receiving Our Heavenly Blessing: Tribute to Sister Siti Akanke” on March 10, 2017 at the First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., 6 PM, 219 Hamilton Street, Roche…