Religion Today: Jehovah’s Witnesses “Uniting the World in Faith!” with Global Virtual Event in 240 lands, 500+ languages
Breaking a century-old tradition in the name of health and safety, the largest convention organization in the world has moved its annual in-person event to a virtual format for the second year in a row, canceling nearly 6,000 conventions in 240 lands.
As early as 1909, cities and towns all over California have welcomed Jehovah’s Witnesses as they fill hotels and restaurants during their summer convention weekends at venues as large as the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. In 2020, the pandemic unexpectedly interrupted that tradition, moving the international religious organization to cancel in-person conventions worldwide and launch a global virtual event. This was a first for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have held public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world since 1897.
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“Powerful by Faith!” is the theme of the 2021 convention, which will be delivered in more than 500 languages virtually over six weekends during July and August. The program, usually held Friday through Sunday, will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions — uniting some 15-20 million people in 240 countries. Sessions will be available for streaming or download beginning June 28, 2021.
The Han family from Anaheim Hills, California, enjoyed the “Love Never Fails” convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Long Beach Arena in 2019. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s convention “Powerful By Faith!” will be held virtually worldwide. Jehovah’s Witnesses photo
Mike and Angie Brewer have fond memories of attending conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses at California venues throughout their lives. This year, they are eagerly anticipating viewing the convention program from home along with their four young children. “I am looking forward to this convention increasing my overall faith,” Mike Brewer said. “It is what we need now more than ever,” Angie Brewer said. “This will strengthen us as a family.”
The continued risk of bringing thousands of people together prompted the organization to opt for a virtual platform for the second consecutive year. However, the move has not curbed the enthusiasm for the annual event. Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are inviting the public to this historic occasion.
“Faith has helped our global brotherhood to continue to thrive even during a pandemic,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Our faith will continue to unite us in worship – even virtually – as millions gather in private homes around the world to enjoy a powerful and inspiring spiritual program.”
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All are invited to attend the event by going to jw.org or JW Broadcasting on the free JW Library iOS or Android App, or on streaming platforms like ROKU TV, Apple TV, and others. The program is free and accessible to all. The schedule for download and global streaming is listed below.
For more information, please contact Jehovah’s Witnesses United States at (718) 560-5600 or [email protected].
Submitted by Jehovah’s Witnesses – Public Information Desk
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