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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.

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Complete First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

Here is the 32 day long First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule of events as celebrated in Rochester Unless specifically stated otherwise, all events take place at 219 Hamilton Street at 5:30 PM
December 1: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program--open house, kickoff of 32 day First Fruits/Kwanzaa season; dinner will be served December 2-3, 5-10, 12-14, 16-17, 19-24: First Fruits storytelling, prayer and lighting of candles December 4, 11, 18, 25: Student Doology Hour--4 pm Sunday service, prayer after service; dinner will be served December 15: African Mothers Day--500 Webster Ave (School #33)-- females will receive flowers from men; program begins at 5:30 PM; refreshments available December 26: Umoja December 27: Kujichagulia December 28: Ujima December 29: Ujamaa December 30: Nia December 31: Kuumba January 1, 2017: Imani-Kwanzaa feast-- 150 Highland Ave (St Johns Home)--exchange gifts, bring dish to pass (non pork), entertainment; starts at 5:30 PM

We had a succesful First Fruits/Kwanzaa!

In Rochester, we just concluded a wonderful Kwanzaa season. From the folktales  and proverbs told during the 25 day First Fruits celebration; the African Mothers Day program on December 15 where the men presented the girls and women with flowers amid a last minute venue change due to inclement weather; to the stories about the various African nations told by Minister Evans' adult students between Dec. 27-30,;to Minister Evans' daughter Sasha Eloi-Evans' talk about her educational journey from Dominica to the US Virgin Islands to the mainland US, ulltimately ending up at the University of Rochester, where she is currently employed and working on her PhD, and to the finale on January 1 (our Kwanzaa feast), where we enjoyed some delicious food, exchanged gifts and a surprise donation of $1000 was given to the Institute! We thank all those who came to the Institute and/or St. Johns Home during the past 32 days, whether it was one time or from December 1 to January 1.




ALL NIGHT LONG!

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will close its fiscal year with the annual "Minister Akilah Ife's Cultural Extravaganza" on Friday, September 23 at 219 Hamilton Street. September 23 is the 49th anniversary of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans and his late wife, Minister Akilah. The Cultural Extravaganza begins at 6 PM and will last the entire evening. Entertainment and dinner will be provided. "All Night Long: Minister Akilah's Cultural Extravaganza" is a fundraiser for the Institute's cultural and educational programs. Suggested donation is $150. There are five scholarships available for those who are unable to give $150.00.