Uniting the World in Faith!
GREATER HOUSTON, TX — June 18, 2021 — 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 time in as many years, canceling nearly 6,000 conventions in 240 lands.
For many years, summers in the Greater Houston area featured Jehovah’s Witnesses streaming into cities to take over hotels and fill restaurants as they held their conventions at various venues, including Houston’s NRG Stadium and the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rosenberg. 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.
Jaime Alanis assisted in coordinating conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Houston and Rosenberg and says that although he misses the in-person fellowship, he is looking forward to the virtual program. 'I truly appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the program at home with my family without any interruptions and enjoy the ability to pause and rewind so as to not miss a moment,' Alanis said.
Jose Rosas of Houston appreciates the timely support of the virtual convention. 'This loving provision is keeping us safe, and providing the booster shot of encouragement we all need,' Rosas said.
The continued risk of bringing thousands of people together in cities around the world 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. Congregations around the world are inviting the public to join them in this historic occasion.
'Faith has helped our global brotherhood to continue to thrive even during a pandemic,' said Robert Hendriks 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 on the web 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.
AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING OR DOWNLOAD FROM JW.ORG
1. June 28, 2021 (Friday Morning Session)
2. July 5, 2021 (Friday Afternoon Session)
3. July 19, 2021 (Saturday Morning Session)
4. July 26, 2021 (Saturday Afternoon Session)
5. August 9, 2021 (Sunday Morning Session)
6. August 16, 2021 (Sunday Afternoon Session)