Watsons join ‘Pursue Peace’ conference

Published 7:53 pm Friday, August 19, 2022

Against the backdrop of conflict in Ukraine and elsewhere, a Suffolk couple united with millions around the globe in a six-part “Pursue Peace” convention sponsored by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“We look forward to the convention every year,” said Mary Watson, who has attended church conventions with her husband, James, for 62 years.

The Watsons and others participated from the comfort of their homes.

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“This convention is very timely,” James Watson said. “The world now is not at peace. People who live in fear can find hope in the Bible’s message of better times ahead. They need to understand that this world will be transformed into a peaceful and secure place to live one day.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding global conventions for more than 100 years, the last three years featuring virtual events.

The free sessions began June 27 and continued through August.

“This convention is an object lesson in how peace is being achieved by a global  community right now as it unites millions of people even in areas of conflict like Ukraine  and Russia,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The power of the principles being discussed transcends national borders, ethnic differences and language barriers. Both individuals and families will benefit from attending the program.”

Prior to 2020, Jehovah’s Witnesses held their annual convention locally at the Hampton Coliseum. While they hope to host in-person large gatherings again in the future, the  decision was made late last year to again hold the 2022 convention virtually. On April 1, congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses began meeting in person for the first time in two years locally and around the world.