Sunday, September 28, 2008

Family Hour on Sept 28

Ministers Lawrance and Akilah Evans thanked everyone for celebrating Minister Akilah's birthday the previous week and for celebrating their 41st anniversary on Sept. 27. Minister Akilah discussed about false prophets and people who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans stressed that Doology involves thinking. God holds us responsible for the use of our gifts.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The tutorial program goes outside for a weekly walk

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

Family Hour on Sept 21

In an emotional Family Hour Worship Service in which Minister Lawrance Evans' wife and oldest student, Minister Akilah Evans, celebrated her 62nd birthday, Minister Evans praised his wife's sacrifices and contributions to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and stressed that although he has to hold frequent fundraisers to offset the expenses of running a church/tutorial program while competing with drug dealers and the negative other elements of street life that often keep black people from participating in a positive activity, he would rather do what he does best: teaching and organizing. It is what his grandmother prepared him for.

Minister Evans gets his props from an old friend

I came across the Jena 6 blog, which featured a passage written by Brother Amefika Geuka, a writer and fellow nationalist based in Florida who is a good friend of Minister Evans:

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Thank you for taking this moment to learn about a wonderful discipline called DOOLOGY. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, a native of Warren, Ohio, developed Doology while he attended graduate school in Rochester NY. During his first semester of grad study at Colgate Rochester Divinity School (which had just added Crozier Seminary, the school where Dr. Martin Luther King received his divinity degree), he founded First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

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.