Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Complete First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

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 candles
December 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: Umoja
December 27: Kujichagulia
December 28: Ujima
December 29: Ujamaa
December 30: Nia
December 31: Kuumba
January 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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

First Fruits/Kwanzaa is coming!

Here is a glance of our First Fruits/Kwanzaa season so far:

  • Thursday, December 1:  Kwanzaa Appreciation Program--at 219 Hamilton Street, 5:30 PM. We open our 32 day First Fruits/Kwanzaa season. First Fruits lasts from December 1 to December 25. 
  • Thursday, December 15: African Mothers Day--at School #33, 500 Webster Ave, TBA
  • Monday, December 26: Umoja
  • Tuesday, December 27: Kujichagulia
  • Wednesday, December 28: Ujima
  • Thursday, December 29: Ujamaa
  • Friday, December 30: Nia
  • Saturday, December 31: Kuumba
  • Sunday: January 1, 2017: Imani

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On November 2 we will be 46 years young!

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will have a dual celebration: the 46th anniversary  and the birthday of its founder, the renowned Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.

The First Community Interfaith Institute Inc was developed with the concept of the animation of Doology, a discipline developed by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr, which highlights the teachings of his grandmother, Madam Martha McMiller Jordan.

On November 2, 1970 Minister Evans, then a first year graduate student at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, founded First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. on his 25th birthday in his on-campus apartment. That small gathering of people on November 2, 1970 expanded to its present day home in the SouthWedge. Minister Evans has become an influential leader in Rochester's black community in the past forty six years.

The public is invited to hear Minister Evans' lecture at 5:30 PM on November 2 on the topic "A Grandmother's Teaching and a Wife's LoveThe Making of a Quiet Warrior."

Below are some memorable moments from our special fundraiser on September 23, "Minister Akilah Ife's Cultural Extravaganza."

Monday, August 29, 2016


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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Uhuru Week begins on August 14!:

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. invites you to attend our annual week long celebration of the anniversary of the Honorable Marcus Garvey's birth, also known as Uhuru Week. "Uhuru" means freedom in Swahili. Uhuru Week begins on August 14 and concludes on August 20. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, our National Minister, will speak at all seven events, which will all  take place at 219 Hamilton Street.

Our schedule is as follows:
  • Sunday, August 14, 4 PM: hostess is Sister Uwimana Oni, promoter of Minister Evans. She will give her presentation on the Asante (Ashanti) Nation of Ghana.
  • Monday, August 15, 6 PM: hostess is Sister Shiminege, promoter of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program. She will give her presentation on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and discuss the way too early loss of her brother and niece in 1986 at the Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 6 PM: host is Brother Zeb, promoter of the Black Koptic Press Release. He will give his presentation on the Akan nation of Ghana.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6 PM: on the 129th birthday of Marcus Garvey, the host is Brother Brian, Minister Evans' chief assistant. He will give his presentation on the Zulu Nation of Southern Africa.
  • Thursday, August 18, 6 PM: assessment and review
  • Friday, August 19,  6 PM: host is Brother Leo, the promoter of security. He will give his presentation on the Igbo (Ibo) Nation.
  • Saturday, August 20, 6 PM: hostess is Sister Brenda Snow. The Johnny Brown Defense Committee will provide musical entertainment.
Below Minister Evans speaks at the most recent Martha Jordan Dinner, July 9, 2016 in Elyria, Ohio during the FCII Festival.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Join us on June 26 for a Memorial Lecture!

219 Hamilton Street
Rochester NY
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016
4 PM

Ministers Lawrance and Akilah Ife Evans

June 26 is a very important day for Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. On June 26, 2012, his beloved wife and student, Minister Akilah Evans, joined the ancestors. On the fourth anniversary of her passing, Minister Evans will give a special presentation in Minister Akilah's honor. Please support this important fundraiser and celebration.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Legacy Day is on June 6

On June 6,  the birthday of Madam Martha Jordan, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.' s grandmother and teacher, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will host an event in her honor. "Legacy Day" is sponsored by the Johnny Brown Defense Committee, under the coordination of Sister Brenda Snow. "Legacy Day" will feature the singing father and  daughter duo of Johnny and So-so Brown. Please join us at 5:30 PM at 219 Hamilton Street for this annual event.

At our "Remembering Malcolm X!" program on May 19 (the 91st anniversary of Malcolm's birth), Minister Lawrance Lee Evans' son Malik gave a presentation at the beginning of the program about a recent meeting where he met Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Brother Malcolm's daughters .

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Remembering Malcolm X!

On May 19, we will celebrate Malcolm X's 91st birthday with a special lesson titled:

 “Manifesting Real Spiritual Blessings, Positive Relationships, Divine Power, True Romance and
Authentic Leadership”

speaker: Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, Minister of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.
time: 5:30 PM
venue: First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

We are looking for sponsors to give donations for the Charles Riley Tutorial Program, as well as supporters willing to donate NYS five cent cans and bottles for a speccial bottle campaign drive on May 14. For more information, come to Student Doology Hour on Sundays at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton Street. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Meaning of Resurrection is this Sunday

On Sunday March 27, 2016, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. will present "The Meaning of Resurrection." Our annual service, which coincides with Easter Sunday, takes place at 4 PM at 219 Hamilton Street. We hope to see you this Sunday.

Below is a recent video from the "Tribute to Sister Siti" from March 10:

The "icebreaker" for this year's "The Meaning of Resurrection" is:
Incarnate, The Panther and the Lash, Passover, Holy Week, lithurgies,
"Eurocentric, Miseducation or Calculation
Communion, Catechism, Cross, Messiah, Madonna, Isis, Osiris, Kamba, Kikuyu, Easter Bunny, Peter Cottontail, Orunmia/Yoruba/1924 UNIA Convention, The Gospel...Egypt...Symbols, Supremacy, Kemetic Soil Standards"

Monday, February 29, 2016

Women's History Month starts tomorrow!

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will have its annual Women's History Month program on Thursday, March 10.

WHEN: MARCH 10, 2016
TIME: 5:30 PM
219 Hamilton Street
Rochester NY 14620-1112

March 10 is the 84th anniversary of the birth of our Queen Mother Sister Siti Akanke (1932-2005), a powerful woman who devoted her the last twenty plus years of her life to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. She assisted Minister Evans in his organizing activities, participated in tutoring, wrote for the Institute newsletter, and served as trustee.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Highlights from our most recent Kwanzaa season

Supporters Day: Honoring Charles Riley is on February 17

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 5 PM, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., a spiritual and cultural organization plus a teaching church in the SouthWedge, will present a Black History Month program at 219 Hamilton Street.

The First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will highlight its educational programs--the Charles Riley Tutorial Program and its Ministry School of Doology.

The purposes of the Black History Month program, known as Supporters Day, are to advocate for the support of the Institute 's after school program and adult enrichment program. "Supporters Day: Honoring Charles Riley" will commence a year-long advocacy of encouraging the elimination of miseducation of our constituency and the reduction of negative behaviors that threaten the mental health and physical safety of our constituency.

"Supporters Day: Honoring Charles Riley" will provide consultation with Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. about after school programs, cultural folkways, case management and parenting. For more information, contact Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. at 585-461-0379.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Our 45th annual MLK event is on Jan. 15!!

On Friday, January 15. 2016, on what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.  will honor Dr. King’s accomplishments with its 45th annual King commemoration. At 5 PM, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, the National Minister and founder of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. , will lecture on “Our History, Our Story, Our Perspective, Our Struggle, Not Negro History.” Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. is a 1972 graduate of Colgate Rochester Divinity School/ Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminary.

The annual Martin Luther King program at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.  is open to individuals of all faiths. First Community Interfaith Institute Inc is a spiritual and cultural organization, plus a teaching church based in the South Wedge that specializes in the discipline
of Doology. Doology is a discipline developed by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans that honors his mentor and grandmother Madam Martha McMiller Jordan. Doology (which Evans developed when he was 13 years old) is the personification and manifestation of his grandmother.