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First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.'s First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

Below is the schedule for 2013 First Fruits/Kwanzaa as celebrated at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. in  Rochester. All events take place at 219 Hamilton Street unless otherwise noted.

FIRST FRUITS (Dec 1-25)


  • Sunday, December 1: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program, 4 pm: Minister Evans' adult students will promote their events that will take place Dec. 26-January 1. We will discuss what First Fruits and Kwanzaa are all about, and start the 32 day long ritual of candle lighting and storytelling. We will also discuss what ROCtheday is and how people can help the Institute. Donations will be collected.
  • During the week (Monday-Saturday) there will be a daily storytelling, prayers and candle lighting session at 5:30 pm.
  • Prayers and candle lighting are included at the end of Sunday's Student Doology hour on Sundays (12/8, 12/15, 12/22).
  • Sunday, December 15: African Mothers Day, 11 am and 4 pm: 11 AM program is sponsored by longtime Institute supporter, Ester Gliwinski, and will take place at the Ryan Community Center complex, 500 Webster Avenue. Flowers will be given to all females by the men. The 4 PM program will be at 219 Hamilton Street, and flowers will be given to those females who do not attend the morning service.
KWANZAA (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
All events this final week take place at 6 pm at 219 Hamilton, except for the Kwanzaa Feast and Ujamaa
  • Thursday, December 26: Umoja
  • Friday, December 27: Kujichagulia
  • Saturday, December 28: Ujima
  • Sunday, December 29 (4 pm): Ujamaa
  • Monday, December 30: Nia
  • Tuesday, December 31: Kuumba
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014: Imani (Kwanzaa Feast),  6 pm, St. Johns Home auditorium, 150 Highland Avenue

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2017 First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

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…