Jehovah’s Witnesses consider the non-believers

Jehovah’s Witnesses from throughout the Hudson Valley will begin meeting this morning up in Newburgh.

It’s the start of one of several district conventions being held across the country.

Like so many other faiths, the JWs are focused on the great many non-believers out there.

The theme of this year’s convention is “Stay Close to Jehovah.”

A press release begins with: “In a world where some powerful and influential voices in academia and the media dismiss or disparage belief in God, Jehovah’s Witnesses are proclaiming the importance of such belief, actually promoting the strengthening of one’s personal attachment to God.”

The weekend program will examine “different attitudes nonbelievers have toward God and misconceptions that hinder many from developing an intimate friendship with God.”

One session will look at “why faith in God must be built on fact and reason…”

The convention, open to the public, is at the Newburgh Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

And, if you’re curious, the JW website addresses the question of why JWs go door to door.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.