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Jehovah’s Witness Convention Returning to Reading Santander Arena

by Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witness Convention Returning to Reading Santander Arena

After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen Reading to host its global three-day event, the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention.

Prior to 2019, summers in Reading were marked by Jehovah’s Witnesses filling hotels and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at the Santander Arena. In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition in Reading when the Witnesses canceled their in-person events throughout the world and held their convention programs as virtual events in more than 500 languages. Beginning July 14, 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Reading.

“We’ve been eagerly anticipating our return to Reading for in-person conventions,” said Perry Allen, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “We appreciate that our online conventions kept us safe and encouraged millions around the world during a very difficult time, but we long to be together again at these large gatherings.”

Some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention series. In the United States alone, more than 700 conventions will be held in 144 host cities. From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples. A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a prerecorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions.

“Our busy lives make it difficult for us to be patient,” says Allen. “The challenges of the past three years have also revealed how important this quality is for our relationships and personal well-being. This convention program will help us focus on practical ways to develop and maintain this essential quality.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world for more than 100 years. After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the summer of 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world since the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

The convention is open to the public and no collection is taken. For more information on the program or to find other convention locations and dates, please go to jw.org and navigate to the “About Us” tab.