(CMR) For the first time in their history of holding conventions, Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved this highly anticipated annual event to a streaming platform.
Congregations, families, and guests will view the program during July and August 2020. Typically, these conventions are held in stadiums, arenas, conference halls, and smaller gathering places around the world.
Locally, a prerecorded program of the convention was scheduled to be streamed at both the George Town and West Bay Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 12 Keturah Street, George Town, and 15 Finch Drive West Bay where 350 were expected to attend. However, this arrangement was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our worship is centered on our mutual love for our God and for each other, irrespective of where we are physically,”
said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“This year’s convention program underscores the unity of our international family and the joy that people can have against a backdrop of stress and despair.”
The two Christian principles guiding the Witnesses’ historic decision are respect for the sanctity of life and love of neighbor.
“As much as we long to meet together, life is far too precious to put at risk,” said Hendriks.
“The virtual meetings we have held over the past four months have proved to all of us that it’s not about where we are physically. It’s about where we are spiritually. In many ways, we are closer as a spiritual family than ever before.”
The program is to be released in six installments, each corresponding to a morning or afternoon session of what would have been three successive convention days. Many congregations and families will view the first convention session during the weekend of July 11-12.
The final weekend of the virtual event is scheduled for August 29-30.