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Breaking a century-old tradition, the largest convention organization in the world has moved its annual in-person event to a virtual format for the second time in as many years, canceling nearly 6,000 conventions in 240 lands.
Since 1925 Jehovah’s Witnesses have held conventions in the city of Indianapolis, including a large international convention at the Lucas Oil Stadium. In 2020, the pandemic unexpectedly interrupted that tradition moving the international religious organization to cancel in-person conventions throughout the world 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 global event, which will be delivered in more than 500 languages to households throughout the globe over six weekends during July and August 2021, uniting some 15-20 million people in 240 countries. Since the convention is typically held from Friday through Sunday, the program will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions. “Friday” morning’s session will be available for streaming or download beginning June 28, 2021.
The Gordon family, life-long Indianapolis natives, have been attending conventions for most of their lives. “It was a refreshing change,” Natalie Gordon comments about adjusting to a virtual platform. “We could pause, discuss, rewind, laugh, express, and hear things again,” says William Gordon. Their 17-year-old daughter, Mychael Gordon is so excited about this year’s convention that she wants to view the program early. William Gordon says: “The convention is like a burst of refreshment. We’ve made schedules to be together as a family and view the programs.”
The planning and translation of a program of this magnitude takes months of effort. With the uncertainty of whether it would be safe to bring thousands of people together in cities around t