Jehovah’s Witnesses hold global virtual event in 240 Lands, 500+ languages

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The DeCamp family from Temecula enjoyed the 2018 annual convention at the Ontario Toyota Arena. This year, the “Powerful by Faith!” convention will be attended virtually due to the pandemic. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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. Jehovah’s Witnesses have held conventions in the Inland Empire since 1962.  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 v
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