Doology is the discipline practiced at the only teaching church/spiritual and cultural organization in Rochester, NY, known as First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. The late Minister Lawrance Lee Evans developed the idea of Doology as a teenager. Minister Evans went on to establish the Institute in 1970. In Doology, we are taught that positive action in your community or organization is valued more than just complaining.
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First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.
2010 First Fruits/Kwanzaa Schedule
First Fruits is the more traditional African celebration observed in the first 25 days of December, where the students and members of the Institute light candles and tell African or African-American folktales. Our major First Fruits events are:
December 5: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program, 4 pm, 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY 14620
December 15: African Mothers Day, 6 pm, 500 Webster Avenue, Rochester NY 14609 January 1, 2011: Kwanzaa Feast (final day of Kwanzaa, known as Imani), 6 pm, 150 Highland Ave, Rochester NY 14620
On December 1, members of the Institute, youth and adults, are to bring a portion of the money they saved during November, Constructive Action Month. On December 15, the women and girls receive a lovely tribute including the presentation of roses by the men.
The Rochester (NY) community and the Elyria (OH) community are saddened by the passing of a distinguished scholar, researcher, community organizer, teacher, case manager, and clergyman, the renowned Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr, who transitioned on Sunday, September 9. from a brief illness.
This morning (September 14, 2018) will be his homegoing service at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, Rochester NY 14611.
Please keep the Minister's immediate and extended family, and the First Community Interfaith Institute of Rochester and Elyria in your prayers.
If you are in the Rochester area please pick up a copy of the September 12 edition of the Challenger Community News. On page 2 is a beautiful article that summed up the legacy of this great man. I did not get the permission of the Challenger Community News to reprint their article, thus, I cannot include it in the blog at this time.
First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio, located in Elyria, Ohio (23 miles southwest of Cleveland) is once again sponsoring the newly renamed Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival. The festival will take place July 12-15 at two venues: Kanisa House (the headquarters of FCII Ohio) and Lorain County Community College. This year's theme is "Differences Matter." For the complete schedule, email email@example.com.
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) presenter: Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will speak on "Reducing Inferiority by Promoting Unity"
December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) presenters: Brother Zeb Coleman and Brother Brian Griffin
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) presenters: Sister Uwimana and Sister Brenda Snow
December 30: Nia (purpose) presenter: Brother Leo White
December 31: Kuumba -- 4pm Student Doology Hour (creativit…