Sunday, September 8, 2019

In Memory of our beloved Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr

On this day in 2018 (actually 9 September), we lost a giant, our very own National Minister, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. He spent his adult life spreading the message of Doology to anyone who was willing to listen. He always paid homage to his beloved grandmother, who taught him things about African history and culture that she didn't teach to others. He shared a portion of his grandmother's message to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. He was a fierce advocate for education not only in the public schools, but also in the home and in the churches.  He had credibility with the street culture, fellow clergymen and clergywomen, and the local(Rochester/ Monroe County, NY) political establishment. We  look forward to another year of the legacy of Doology in New York and Ohio (Minister Evans' state of birth) without our teacher and his Queen, Minister Akilah. Fortunately, Minister Gerald J. Evans, Minister Lawrance's twin, has stepped up and accomplished a great deal this past year as National Minister of both the Elyria (OH) and Rochester chapters. The Rochester chapter of the Institute must begin to step us as well. We must stand firm in continuing  Minister Lawrance's mission, i.e. "Keep it going." 
Thank you all for your continued support of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. this past year. We look forward to your presence on September  29, 4 pm at 219 Hamilton Street in the SouthWedge neighborhood, for the eighth annual Ma Akilah Cultural Extravaganza. This fundraiser will be an event of music, dance and poetry while commemorating the 52nd wedding anniversary of the Ministers Evans and the birthday of Minister Akilah. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Schedule for the 40TH Annual Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival

The theme for this year's festival is "Looking and Seeing Hope." With the theme in mind, here are the dates and times of the four-day festival's programs:

Kanisa House II, 400 Cleveland Street, Elyria, OH
9 am and 4 pm: Fellowshipping
2 pm: Skills training class
6 pm: Lucy Battle Dinner

FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019
Lorain County Community College, College Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH
8 am-12 pm: Exhibits, Devotions, Readings
12 pm: Lunch
1 pm: Talent Show
2 pm: Skills training
6 pm: Elizabeth Coleman Dinner featuring the Hall of Fame and speaker the Honorable Malik Evans

SATURDAY,  JULY 13, 2019
Lorain County Community College
9 am-12 pm: Ewing Center for recreation and games
12 pm-9 pm at College Center
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 12:30 pm; arts and crafts/games
  • 2 pm: Skills training
  • 6 pm: Martha Jordan Dinner featuring speaker Dr. Lawrance Lee Evans Jr.

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 
Kanisa House II
8 am; Fellowship
10:30 am: Family Hour Worship Service featuring Outreach Minister Brenda Snow
12:30 pm: Skills training class
2 pm: Dred Scott Garden

For more information or to make a financial contribution call 440.366.3244.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Minister Malcolm X Commemoration is on May 19


For more information, contact Sister Uwimana Oni at 585.461.0379 or

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.,  located in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, NY,  will honor the memory of Brother El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz,  better known as Minister Malcolm X, on Sunday , May 19,  2019 at 4 PM at 219 Hamilton Street.  This year's event will be coordinated by the students of the late Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., the founder of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. Our Malcolm X commemoration will also be a fundraiser for the Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival, to be held this July in Elyria, Ohio.

On May 19, the 94th anniversary of Brother Malcolm's birth, there will be various readings of Malcolm X's quotations, a display of Malcolm X books and memorabilia and a reading of excerpts from "Not Just an American Problem, But a World Problem," which was a speech delivered by Brother Malcolm in Rochester five days before his assassination in February, 1965.

Dinner will be served. The First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. is located at 219 Hamilton Street. It is a spiritual and cultural organization plus a teaching church.  All faiths are welcome. Donations for our July trip can be sent to the First Community Interfaith Institute Inc, 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester 14620-1112. Donations are tax-deductible.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Press release for MLK event


First Community Interfaith Institute Inc will hold its 48th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on January 27, 2019 (4:00 PM) at its headquarters, 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester, NY. 

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his sermonLoving Your Enemies, the following:
"..With every ounce of our energy, we must continue to rid this nation of the incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and our obligation to love. While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.

Rochester City Councilman Malik Evans, son of the late Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., will present to the members, students, and supporters of the First Community Institute Inc. "Building a Beloved Community" on January 27, 2019.

Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr had been involved in the human rights struggle for many years. His attendance at Crozer Theological Seminary was influenced directly by Dr. Martin 
Luther King Jr.