The National African Religion Congress began with its incorporation as a non-profit corporation in the State of Pennsylvania, March 3, 1999. The First Annual African Religion World Conference and World Ceremony of Ceremonies (Easter Weekend 1999) established NARC as an institution in America and around the world. Following that weekend, NARC began the effort to certify Priests, Priestesses and Babalawos in all branches of the religions of the African Diaspora. The presence of NARC at the 6th World Congress of Orisa Culture and Tradition in Trinidad and Tobago expanded NARC into the international arena. Further organizing continued in October at the African Religion Ceremony of Ceremonies held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, Sunday October 10, 1999.
NARC has attended many meetings, celebrations, ceremonies of other Priests, Priestesses and Babalawos during which certification was done. Seminars and discussions have been held upon the invitation of religious communities to come and discuss NARC and its purposes and mission. The effort to organize the Second Annual African Religion World Conference and World Ceremony of Ceremonies has continued to help build and expand NARC's worldwide network. A special thanks is due to the special efforts ofChief A. Adelekan, Yeye Osun of Lagos and Dr. Omotoso Eluyemi (the Apena of Ife) who have worked tirelessly to expand NARC's activities in Nigeria.
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NARC'S HELPING HAND
A woman was charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty, sentenced to five days of jail for each offense and was required to pay a substantial monetary fine for an alleged ritual sacrifice of chickens. She was arrested for conducting a bloody chicken sacrifice in her living room. At the final court hearing, the judge found her not guilty and it required her to take educational courses under NARC. After becoming a member of NARC and completing a week long course from NARC on how to humanely sacrifice animals as required by the courts, she did not have to serve any jail time or pay a fine and she was able to own animals again.
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