Bryan and Abbie Bethea

Bryan and Abbie Bethea from El Centro, California, enjoyed the Be Courageous! annual convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the San Diego SDCCU/Qualcomm Stadium in 2018. 

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, according to a press release.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have held summer conventions in San Diego County since 1954. The past 37 years featured Jehovah’s Witnesses visiting the City and surrounding areas filling hotels and restaurants as they held their conventions at the San Diego SDCCU/Qualcomm Stadium. 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.

“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.

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 the historic occasion.

“Faith has helped our global brotherhood to continue to thrive even during a pandemic,” said Robert Hendriks, US 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.”

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.

PROGRAM DAY

DATE AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING OR

DOWNLOAD FROM JW.ORG

DATES CONGREGATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE WILL UNITEDLY BE

VIEWING THE PROGRAM

Friday Morning

June 28

July 3-4

Friday Afternoon

July 5

July 10-11

Saturday Morning

July 19

July 24-25

Saturday Afternoon

July 26

July 31-August 1

Sunday Morning

August 9

August 14-15

Sunday Afternoon

August 16

August 21-22

For more information, contact Jehovah’s Witnesses United States at (718) 560-5600 or pid.us@jw.org.

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