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Jehovah's Witnesses to hold 2020 Convention Virtually

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For the  first  time  in  its  history,  the  grand-scale,  multi-day  conventions  that  Jehovah’s  Witnesses’ have hosted each year at numerous large venues across the globe will not be held. 

This year, conventions will be virtual in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.

Portions of the three-day “Always Rejoice”! programme will be released incrementally in six  segments, starting July 6, 2020, on jw.org. The convention will be available in whole in over  360 languages and in part in nearly 120. Each member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s  Witnesses will present two discourses during the convention. The programme will be presented  in a variety of formats, including brief discourses, interviews, short videos, and a full-length video Bible drama.

Jonnah Pongaponga, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, says: “The decision to hold our  conventions  online  was  not  made  lightly.  Millions  of  people  benefit  from  these  public  gatherings, which are always free of charge, around the world each year. But in the interest of  public health and safety, it was clear that cancelling our gatherings was the right course, even 

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in places where they would have been permitted. Our Creator values life highly, and we believe this arrangement honours that high standard”.

City executives, many of whom have welcomed Jehovah’s Witnesses’ conventions for years, are aware that not having the Witnesses’ convention this year will impact the hospitality  industry. Last year, the media reported that Jehovah’s Witnesses convened in different cities for the convention, injecting millions of pula to the city’s economy. Despite facing economic losses, venue executives have expressed their respect and  appreciation for Jehovah’s Witnesses cancelling their in-person events.  Each year, many who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses attend the annual conventions. There are over 8.6 million active Witnesses worldwide, yet the 2019 conventions had a peak attendance of over 14 million. With the programme available online, in hundreds of languages, this may be the most attended convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses to date.



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