Jehovah’s Witnesses have held conventions in San Diego County since 1954. 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.
In 2020, the pandemic caused 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 globally since 1897.
“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 will be available in six installments, corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions.
The Huber family from Fallbrook will be viewing the convention program from home. “We all look forward to our yearly conventions,” Jeremy Huber said. “We get to be together as a family and focus on strengthening our faith. We were beyond grateful that we were still able to be together as a united worldwide brotherhood.”
The continued risk of bringing thousands of people together prompted the organization to again opt for a virtual platform. 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,” Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, said. “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.”
All are invited to attend the event by going to jw.org, and navigating to About Us, Conventions. The program is free and accessible to all.
Submitted by Jehovah’s Witnesses of the United States of America.