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Due to the unexpected arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Jehovah’s Witness community will be holding its annual conference virtually. The convention started on June 28 and will run until August.
Breaking away from a century old tradition, which normally reaches over 240 different lands and 500 languages, almost 6000 conventions were cancelled due to the effects of COVID-19.
Since the 1940s the Jehovah’s Witness convention has been held in Guyana annually. In 2020, the pandemic unexpectedly interrupted that tradition, resulting in the international religious organisation cancelling in-person conventions throughout the world and launching a global virtual event.
This was a first for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have held public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centres, and theatres around the world since 1897.
The risk of bringing thousands of people together from across the world made the organisation decide to use a virtual platform for the second consecutive year. This change, however, has not diminished the enthusiasm for the annual event, and congregations from across the globe will be tuning in to join in on the historic and momentous occasion.
All are invited to attend the event by going to JW.ORG on the web or JW Broadcasting on the free JW Library iOS or Android app, or on streaming platforms like ROKU TV, Apple TV, and others. The programme is free and accessible to all.