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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

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, TBAMonday, December 26: UmojaTuesday, December 27: KujichaguliaWednesday, December 28: UjimaThursday, December 29: UjamaaFriday, December 30: NiaSaturday, December 31: KuumbaSunday: January 1, 2017: Imani

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 "


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.

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 hi…

Join us on June 26 for a Memorial Lecture!


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 .

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. 

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"

Women's History Month starts tomorrow!

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

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.

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, ca…

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. Doolog…