Jehovah's Witnesses get set for annual Freedom Hall convention

Brandon Paykamian • May 17, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses from across the country are getting set for their annual conventions at Freedom Hall Civic Center, with a Spanish convention from June 8-10 and an English convention from June 22-24. 

This year’s free public convention will feature discourses, multimedia presentations and movie showings all designed to “help people see that Bible counsel works practically in everyday life,” spokesman Clarence Allen said.

Members from nearly 40 congregations across the country will be present at the convention, which expects more than 4,000 attendees at both the Spanish and English events.

This year’s theme is “Be Courageous.” 

“When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people of all ages are dealing with more anxieties than ever before,” Allen said. “It takes courage to face these pressures.

“The theme deals with how we need and can benefit from courage in the workplace, school and every phase of life,” Allen said. “We started three years ago with the theme of ‘loyalty,’ last year the theme was ‘endurance,’ and this year the theme is ‘courage.’ All of these are qualities that are needed to survive in a world that is very difficult these days.”

The events will begin each day at around 9 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m., and a feature film produced by the church titled, “The Story of Jonah — A Lesson in Courage and Mercy,” will be shown on the final day of each convention. 

“We’re delighted to have anybody. We think anybody who comes will benefit from the material,” Allen said. “The purpose of this is not to twist people’s arm and make them become Jehovah’s Witnesses — we’d hope they will — but that’s entirely up to them.” 

For more information on thie conventions, visit www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions. For more information in Spanish, visit www.jw.org/es/testigos-de-jehova/asamleas-anuales

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