Jehovah’s Witnesses to hold annual convention virtually for the second year in a row

Winton (L) and JoAnn (R) participate in virtual activities
Winton (L) and JoAnn (R) participate in virtual activities(Courtesy JW Public Information Desk)
Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 6:15 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Jehovah’s Witnesses are holding their annual convention virtually for congregation members to enjoy at home. A Casper man who has attended these conventions for decades is grateful for the technology.

Winton Zagrabelny has attended conventions in New York, Colorado and Minnesota. He was baptized at a convention in Minnesota in the 1940s. Zagrabelny appreciates that the conventions are accessible, but misses the human connection. “We love the fellowship plus the spiritual direction,” Zagrabelny said.

He adds the virtual transition has helped him find spiritual fulfillment during the annual convention and during weekly meetings. Robert Hendriks, the U.S. Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman, said the second year of this online convention is to prevent any illness from spreading and to follow what the Bible suggests.

“Bible principles have to transcend personal preference. We have to put them before our preferences and the bible principle says you love your neighbor you don’t bring them a sickness,” Hendriks said.

He added they are aware they can require protective equipment and cut the capacity, but understand there’s still a risk of someone getting sick or dying.

This year, the convention is spread out over six weekends that last about half of the day.

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