More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the annual convention for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tucson, which runs through Sunday.
The gathering, "Keep Seeking First God's Kingdom," is the first in a series of three-day conventions the group will host around the country in the coming months. Seven more events are scheduled to take place here in Tucson this summer, with three being run in Spanish.
Sam Hall, who’s in town from El Paso, Texas, and is the regional media correspondent, said the meetings are geared towards helping Jehovah’s Witnesses navigate the modern world according to their faith.
“That program has been prepared and is given all over the country," Hall said. "We’ll all hear it before the summers over. It’s about living day to day in our world and trying to do that as one of Jehovah’s people.
The organization has a long history with Tucson.
“We’ve been coming to Tucson since 1975," Hall said. "I think this convention center was built in 1974. There (were) only a couple of years in there that we’ve not been here, so it’s been almost 40 years. And Tucson’s been very good to Jehovah’s Witnesses. They accommodate us very nicely and we appreciate that.”
According to the online program, events include sermons, baptisms, plays, and symposiums.
For more information visit jw.org.