Breaking a century-old tradition, the largest convention organization in the world has moved its annual in-person event to a virtual format for the second time in as many years, canceling nearly 6,000 conventions in 240 lands.
In 2012, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ summer conventions returned to Johnstown after 50 years. Since then, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Pennsylvania and surrounding states have streamed into Johnstown each summer to fill local hotels and restaurants as they held their conventions at the 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial.
In 2020, the pandemic unexpectedly interrupted that tradition moving the international religious organization to cancel in-person conventions throughout the world 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.
“Powerful by Faith!” is the theme of the 2021 global event, which will be delivered in more than 500 languages to households throughout the globe over six weekends during July and August 2021, uniting some 15-20 million people in 240 countries. Since the convention is typically held from Friday through Sunday, the program will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions. “Friday” morning’s session will be available for streaming or download beginning June 28, 2021.
Local attendees have thoroughly enjoyed the convention programs over the years. Eileen Richardson, a resident of Somerset, said: “It was so enjoyable to have the convention each year so close to home. I enjoy the small- town setting, with Central Park and many other pretty locations within walking distance.” Her husband Fred echoed those statements. “It’s nice to be able to see families that we otherwise don’t get to see too often, as well as interact with all of the friendly employees that oversee and maintain the property.”
All are invited to attend the event by going to www.jw.org on the web or JW Broadcasting on the free JW Library app available for iOS or Android, 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@example.com.