The Temple of Nyame evolved in 1978 from the African Cultural
& Religious Society. The African Cultural and Religious Society
(A.C.R.S), founded and registered in the District of Columbia in
1973, is one of the pioneer organizations in the promotion and
practice of Traditional African Culture in the Washington, DC
area. It grew from a study group organized by Nana Kwabena
Aboagye Brown in 1969, which ushered in the beginning of the
Akan movement in Washington, DC. In 1969, Nana Kwabena
Aboagye Brown and his family sponsored the first official visit
to the District of Columbia of Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu,
Omanhene to the Akans in North America.
In 1973, A.C.R.S. sponsored the second official visit of Okomfohemaa Nana Oparebea to the United States. This advanced the growth and
development of the Akan religious movement in Washington,
DC. She at that time established the Asuo-Gyebi Shrine of
Washington, DC (including Tegare, Nana Esi, the Mmoatia, Adade
Kofi, et al) all under the auspices of the great Nana Akonedi.
This is the second official shrine for Asuo Gyebi in America, and
Nana Kwabena is her first official initiate (Bakai) and long standing
In 1976, in addition to the weekly Akoms (Sunday worship
services in tribute to the gods of Africa), regular meetings were
held on Saturdays that included more in depth discussions of the
concepts of God in Africa. In 1993, the Temple of Nyame became
affiliated with the Asuo Bonteng, Bokyerwa, and Tegare Shrines
of Techiman and Aboabo, Brong Ahafo, Ghana, West Africa. In
January 2002, while in Ghana, the Temple received the oracle
Afa, also known as Ifa, and is using it to enhance the services
that the Temple provides for the spiritual uplifting and guidance
of the community.
The Abasom Asuo-Gyebi of the Temple of Nyame and the Orisa
Yemoja received by Iya Mari while a member of the Yoruba
Temple—under the leadership of Iya Nifa Pamela Mother Taylor
and her Teachers in Trinidad, South Carolina and Nigeria, West
Africa—were united as one shine in 2003.
The Temple of Nyame and the United Shrines of Asuo-Gyebi and Yemoja continue to minister to the community through a comprehensive set of rituals, practices and programs* that promote spiritual development, enhance physical and emotional wellness, and provide community outreach initiatives to address contemporary social problems and issues that negatively impact the lives of all people.
The Temple continues to actively promote the holistic healing of the Earth (Assase Yaa) and the total person. The Temple moved its services to its current location at the Tayari Casel Martial Arts Academy at 949 Bonifant Street in Silver Spring, Maryland in July of 2004. We encourage you to join us on this journey to spiritual development and take advantage of all that the Temple has to offer.
* Odwira and Ancestral Akom (ancestor reverence and first fruits celebration), Spring Rites, Sunday Akoms, Meditation, Young Women’s Rites Program and African language lessons. The Temple is also available for spiritual consultation and to perform marriages, naming ceremonies, funeral rites and other rituals. The Temple has female and male societies that are associated with its Rites of Passage Programs.
This is a special ritual by the water. The ritual includes singing, drumming, offerings and praise acknowledging the Water Gods. This is a special time for prayer and healing for the community, family and friends. A community feast is included. Everyone brings something to share. All are welcome.