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A wonderful weekend of celebrating Doology!

From October 31 to November 2, the members and supporters of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. celebrated Doology as part of the 39th anniversary of the Institute. On Saturday October 31, we sang an early Happy Birthday to Minister Gerald Evans, before the trustee meeting. Our get together with our Ohio chapter was too short, however.

Sunday morning, November 1, we were treated to an excellent Doology workshop. According to Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, most people are selfish by nature and not very giving. When people get training, they often become extremely giving. Doology tries to balance between selfishness and altruism. Once a person uses Doology in their everyday living, he or she is able to develop self first and his/her community second. Doology also helps you to utilize your time constructively. Doology also improves your social skills.

Minister Evans developed Doology when he was thirteen years old, based on the informal lessons from his mentor and grandmother, Madame Martha Jordan.

At the November 2 lecture, Minister Evans stressed that people make things happen. Because of his grandmother's involvement with the struggle, she was very influential in exposing young Minister Evans to the prominent black leaders of the 1960s. Minister Evans was able to talk to them face to face. Minister Evans recounted about his many attempts to get black churches in Rochester to set up tutorial programs in the 1970s, but he was turned down by all of them; thus he formed his own at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

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