Wednesday, December 31, 2008
On December 30 (Nia), Brother Chris Powell gave a presentation on important black educators such as John Hope Franklin, Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. Ralph Bunche. Brother Zeb Coleman talked about his primary role at the Institute, which is to sell the Black Koptic Press Release, our official print publication which is managed by Minister Evans.
Monday, December 29, 2008
At the Kujichagulia observance at Brother and Sister Simms' home on the evening of Dec. 27, the young people in the Charles Riley Tutorial Program recited the 'Parable of the Eagle.' Brother Simms showed the audience his autographed copy of Dr. Karenga's book. Dr. Karenga spoke at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003 and Brother Simms recalled his conversation with Dr. Karenga. Brother Simms gave homage to Minister Evans and Minister Dailey from the Outreach Community Center. Ministers Lawrance and Akilah Evans spoke about the importance of Kujichagulia also.
On December 28, both ministers told folktales pertaining to Ujima. Ujima, according to Minister Lawrance Evans, involves doing the right thing.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
On Friday, December 5, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. went on a field trip to the University of Rochester for the Black Student Union annual Kwanzaa celebration, whose theme was "Embracing Love, Fellowship and Family." Minister Evans, along with some of the adult members/supporters and children in the tutorial program, performed a libation honoring some of our heroes and sheroes who have joined the ancestors.Minister Evans gave a brief lecture as well. There were also some excellent UR student performers as well, such as Sister Ashley Anderson, who performed a solo dance number. Everyone enjoyed themselves and people in the audience were particularly impressed with the children, who drummed during the libation.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Doology sees siesta and vacation in terms of when labor promotes our development and vacation as a rest from developing other people's development. Siesta and vacation put labor in a perspective of who benefits from our labor and what is done with our labor.
Labor is physical or mental work. In Western or European economic theory, labor is the human resource. For example, when you apply for a job, your first contact is the human resources department.
Africans in the diaspora have always used a large expenditure of labor in comparison to capital. In fact, for many years, we were "capital labor " (i.e. slaves). We were money to be uses by others as they saw fit and other labor as others demanded and commanded.
Siesta was not allowed and vacation was given at the convenience of the master/boss. Doology says that we must use our physical or mental abilities to build power for our people. We can take a siesta when we desire and when we are on their designated "vacation," we can labor for ourselves. Labor must be more than just to obtain material "playthings."
Historically, the mental destruction that has existed in the African diaspora has allowed us to see others' labor as being valuable and our labor for ourselves to be not valuable at all.
We must convert our love to labor for others into a love to labor for ourselves.
Friday, November 14, 2008
According to Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., we must overcome obstacles or opposition by looking for those who will help to include us in success. However, we must first include ourselves by having an understanding of PLATE ANEW. PLATE ANEW is about neutralizing the white shadow and the witchcraft makers in our minds.
"P" is for PAY
We must PAY for our freedom. Doology makes the point that freedom must be financed by our money choices. We PAY for the choices we make. Money is not just material, it is also spiritual. Money is a medium of exchange. Doology makes us understand that the media (TV, print, radio, etc. will not advertise our successes. We must understand our medium of exchange and must PAY for the way in which we are portrayed in the media. We must pay for the right to have a mental image of our God, our culture and our people's God. Just like we pay for things, we must pay for ideals, causes and principles.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
On Sunday, October 26, Minister Lawrance Evans stressed the importance of using our gifts or talents to build or use for positive purposes. We must be impressed with what a person does with what (s)he has, not just what (s)he says or wears.
Don't forget the Doology workshop this Sunday (Nov 2) at 11 am, 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY and the Doology lecture at 4 pm Nov 2, 219 Hamilton Street. The workshop is geared towards doers and the lecture is geared toward followers.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Yesterday (10 October 2008), Minister Lawrance Evans, accompanied by some of our adult volunteer tutors, took some of the children in the tutorial program to sell our official publication, the Black Koptic Press Release. We walked one block over to South Avenue and Alexander Street, which is a busy intersection. The childen overall were very enthusiastic and sold quite a few newsletters. Minister Evans was pleased of the young people's efforts and noted that the children need to learn how to sell.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. invites you to join students of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans St. to activities on November 2, 2008 at the First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., 219 Hamilton Street.
As an organizer, case manager, educator, and minister, Minister Evans will demonstrate in a workshop at 11:00 AM and a lecture at 4:00 PM how he uses a discipline known as Doology to help him improve people's lives and coping skills.
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. is a spiritual and cultural organization plus a teaching church. Participants to the workshop and lecture will learn key communication strategies and what attitudes are needed to improve the community.
The workshop includes a continental breakfast and the lecture includes a dinner.
The purposes of the workshop and lecture are: (1) to give strategies for self-empowerment; (2) to increase community awareness about self-motivation; (3) to show how the community benefits from mutual respect and; (4) to promote cultural competence.
For more information call Minister Akilah Ife Evans at 585.461.0379 or 585.442.8712.
All funds that are raised will go to the Charles Riley Tutorial Program and the promotion of Kwanzaa activities.
NOTE: November 2 is the 38th anniversary of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and the birthday of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans.
Friday, October 3, 2008
- December 1, 2008: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program kicks off the 25 day First Fruits traditional Kwanzaa celebration.It begins at4:40 pm at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY. We explain what First Fruits is, tell stories and say prayers and the young children in attendance blow the seven candles from the Kinara
- December 15, 2008: African Mothers Day, in which we honor all females, young and old, with flowers, as a toke of appreciation for their contributions as mothers and teachers. It takes place at 6 pm at School #33, 690 St. Paul Street, Rochester NY.
- January 1, 2009: Kwanzaa feast is the finale of the aforementioned First Fruits and the more popular 7 day Kwanzaa observation. We bring a dish of delicious food to pass, say thanks to God for bringing us a new year, and exchange gifts. This beautiful event will be at St. John's Home Auditorium, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester NY.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Every Friday before we eat dinner, we take the children in our Charles Riley Tutorial Program for a wak in the neighborhood so that everyone, adults and children, get exercise. Last week the weather was beautiful and the children played at the local playground. We planned to go back to Marie Daley Park today, but it drizzled and Minister Evans was reluctant to take the group far in the rain. This picture was taken on Averill Avenue, one block away from the Institute headquarters.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. is a spiritual and cultural organization, plus a teaching church, which was formed in 1970 by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., the National Minister.
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. has a Charles Riley Tutorial Program all year round and many events and celebrations through the year. From December 1 to January 1, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will be celebrating First Fruits/Kwanzaa. Minister Evans introduced First Fruits/Kwanzaa to the community of Rochester in 1970. Kwanzaa is important to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., because it places emphasis on how important people are. People are our greatest assets. Kwanzaa also places emphasis on our children. That is why Minister Evans developed the Charles Riley Tutorial Program. Minister Evans recently received awards from A.B.O.V.E. and the Sankofa Festival for introducing First Fruits/Kwanzaa to the community of Rochester and working with children.
Photos were taken by Sister Tyjohnna Snow-Brown
PRESS RELEASE For more information, contact Sister Uwimana Oni at 585.461.0379 or firstname.lastname@example.org 4/26/19 FIRST COMMUNITY ...
First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio, located in Elyria, Ohio (23 miles southwest of Cleveland) is once again sponsoring the newly r...
On this day in 2018 (actually 9 September), we lost a giant, our very own National Minister, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. He sp...