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MAY 15, 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses Announce International Convention Series

Jehovah’s Witnesses Announce International Convention Series

NEW YORK—Jehovah’s Witnesses have announced that they will hold three-day international conventions in cities around the world beginning in June 2014 and continuing through January 2015. The convention series will commence in the United States and then continue in Australia, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, Mexico, South Korea, and Zimbabwe. These international events will coincide with the regional conventions held in smaller venues the Witnesses organize every year.

The international convention series will begin on June 6, 2014, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Some 45,500 people are expected to attend the event, including 2,500 foreign delegates.

The international conventions will host delegates from other countries and some will also host visiting missionaries. J. R. Brown, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, comments: “Our international conventions are thrilling and festive occasions to attend. We think the public will also enjoy these events with us as we gather together as families and friends for what promises to be an exceptional series of programs.”

The theme of the convention series is “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom!” Mr. Brown explains that “the program will highlight a central theme of the Bible and two core beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses: that God’s Kingdom was established in 1914 and that Jesus Christ is the King of that Kingdom. Really, the convention marks the centennial of God’s Kingdom.”

The Witnesses are preparing for an international campaign to invite their neighbors to attend a convention in their area. As is true with all of the Witnesses’ meetings, there will be no admission fee nor will collections be taken.

Exact dates and locations of the 2014 “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom!” Conventions are available on the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Journalists may contact the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the name of a local convention media contact and other resources for news coverage of the convention.

Media Contact(s):

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000