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Happy Kwanzaa everyone!

Here at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. we have ended our 25 day First Fruits season, where we learned that the First Fruits belong to God--the first creations and humans belong to God. We begin celebrating the seven day Kwanzaa as popularized by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Unfortunately, we lost one of strongest supporters at the Institute over the weekend. Sister Patricia Holmes, who was close to the late Minister Akilah, passed on December 23. Sister Holmes was a student of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans and participated in every major Institute function over the past six years. Kwanzaa/First Fruits was  her particularly favorite time of the year. We will publish her obituary in this blog when it becomes available. Please keep her family in your prayers. RIP Sister Holmes.

This is our Kwanzaa schedule for the next seven days:
December 26: 5:30 pm (Umoja)--unity; speaker is Minister Lawrance Lee Evans
December 27: 5:30 pm (Kujichagulia)--self-determination; speaker is Brother Zeb Coleman
December 28: 5:30 pm (Ujima)--collective work and responsibilty; speaker is Brother Brian Griffin
December 29: 12 pm (Ujamaa)--cooperative economics--Minister Evans will participate in a panel at the opening of Respect for Life Bookstore, 569 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester NY
December 30: 4 pm (Nia)--purpose--our weekly Student Doology Hour worship service
December 31: 11am-4 pm (Kuumba)--creativity--Sister Eulla will hold a yard sale and give a presentation at 5:30 pm
January 1: 5:30 pm (Imani)--faith; Kwanzaa feast at St. John Home Auditorium, 150 Highland Ave, Rochester NY; Sisters Shiminege and Uwimana will give their presentations, Dr. John Walker (Brother Talik) will give a 15 minute presentation on Black history, and Minister Myra Brown will be the guest vocalist. Everyone is welcome to bring a nonpork dish to pass.

This video is from African Mothers Day, 12/15/12



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