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First of two Jehovah’s Witness conventions is June 15-17 in Knoxville

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been engaging in a global campaign to invite the general public to their 2018 “Be Courageous!” convention series coming to Knoxville in mid-June.

In addition to their regular door-to-door visits, Witnesses can regularly be seen with modest literature carts in public areas throughout the greater Knoxville area extending convention invitations and literature at no cost to interested passersby.

To accommodate the anticipated number of delegates from Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina, two conventions have been arranged at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, the first on June 15-17, and the second June 29-July 1. The program is free and no collection will be taken. Each day’s session begins at 9:20 a.m.

“The convention program is designed for people of all ages, and includes practical ways to face present and future challenges with courage,” said David Wallace, of Fountain City, convention committee coordinator. “We will observe what real people — and even five animals — can teach us about courage.”

The three-day program consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews, and short videos. Additionally, a feature film entitled “The Story of Jonah — A Lesson in Courage and Mercy” will be shown on the final day of the convention program. Each day, the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos prepared specifically for the convention.

“When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people of all ages are dealing with more anxieties and fears than ever before. It takes courage to face these pressures. We welcome everyone to this year’s convention to benefit from the practical advice that’s contained in the Bible,” said David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Knoxville conventions are just two in the series being held at venues in 180 different lands.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is located at 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, Tenn. 37915. The dates and locations for other conventions in the 2018 series can be found on the Witnesses’ official website,