Jehovah’s Witness Convention Returning to Rosenberg
ROSENBERG, TX — May 10, 2023 — After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen Rosenberg to host its global three-day event, the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention.
Rosenberg Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses to Host the First Large Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses Since 2019
Prior to 2019, summers in Rosenberg were marked by Jehovah’s Witnesses filling hotels and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at the Rosenberg Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition in Rosenberg 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 May 19, 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Rosenberg.
“Although our virtual conventions were convenient and kept us safe, meeting in person will allow our fond attachment for one another to flourish,” said Rodney Spencer, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Not to be overlooked are the practical life lessons learned at the convention that we will be able to share with one another as we assemble.”
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.
“We have found patience to be a very endearing quality of all people. As Christians, it is a quality that we sincerely strive to manifest in our daily interactions,” says Spencer. “But disturbing and abrupt changes in our lives, along with varying demands for our attention, can cause a strain. Actively investigating the lessons and benefits of patience for the three days of our convention will be invaluable.”
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.