Doology is the discipline practiced at the only teaching church/spiritual and cultural organization in Rochester, NY, known as First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans is the National Minister of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and he came up with 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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The 34th Annual FCII Festival begins next week!
Our Ohio chapter in Elyria is sponsoring the 34th Annual FCII Festival. If you are interested in a positive, family oriented weekend of activities, this is the place to be next weekend. The FCII Festival is always held the second weekend in July. Elyria is a town just west of Cleveland. The Festival's theme this year is "Building a Loving Community." Below is the schedule of events:
34th ANNUAL FCII FESTIVAL
“Building a Loving Community”
THURSDAY JULY 11
6-8 PM at the Kanisa House: Lucy Battle Cookout
FRIDAY JULY 12
all events for the day at the LCCC College Center
9 am-12 pm: various activities (e.g., arts and crafts, movie, music)
12 pm: lunch
1 pm: talent show
6 pm: Elizabeth Coleman Dinner
SATURDAY JULY 13
9 am-12 pm: recreation at LCCC Ewing Center
12 pm: Ruth Hamilton lunch
1 pm: Martha's trivia
6 pm: Martha Jordan Dinner--keynote speaker is Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.
SUNDAY JULY 14
all events for the day at Kanisa House
10 am:fellowship, refreshments
11 am: Family Worship Hour
12 pm: Lucy Battle Lunch
12:30 pm: Anger management
Kanisa House is the headquarters of the Ohio chapter--the address is 142 Cleveland Street, Elyria OH.
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 candlesDecember 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: UmojaDecember 27: KujichaguliaDecember 28: UjimaDecember 29: UjamaaDecember 30: NiaDecember 31: KuumbaJanuary 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
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.
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.