On the big screen

Large video screens bring Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses’ Im­i­tate Je­sus! con­ven­tion in Monc­ton to life

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

Del­e­gates of all ages from New Brunswick, north­ern Nova Sco­tia, and Prince Ed­ward Is­land were very ap­pre­cia­tive about the in­te­grated use of video, used for the first time at their con­ven­tion held this past week­end at the Monc­ton Coli­seum.

The two large video screens (17 feet by 11 feet) on ei­ther side of the stage, used in con­junc­tion with the Coli­seum’s score­board screens, not only made con­ven­tion par­tic­i­pants more vis­i­ble, but were also used to screen pre­re­corded Bi­ble-themed the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions, videos, and in­ter­views.

Tim Easter, a spokesman for the con­ven­tion, says the ex­pe­ri­ence was pos­i­tive.

“Both young and old told me how much eas­ier it was to make a con­nec­tion with the speak­ers be­cause they were able to clearly see them from all corners of the arena,” he says.

Aaron Devine, the fa­ther of a young son and an in­struc­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices in Truro, was also pleased.

“The theme, “Im­i­tate Je­sus,” was ex­plained with many re­al­life videos por­tray­ing ex­am­ples where we can im­i­tate Je­sus in our daily in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers. We feel truly re­freshed as a fam­ily and bet­ter equipped to lead an ever more suc­cess­ful life mov­ing for­ward,” Devine says.

Other high­lights from the con­ven­tion in­cluded the re­lease of a new pub­li­ca­tion high­light­ing all of Je­sus’ ac­tiv­ity on earth in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, see­ing 13 new Wit­nesses sym­bol­ize their ded­i­ca­tion to God by baptism, and joy­ful as­so­ci­a­tion with a peak at­ten­dance of 2,876.

The 51 pre­sen­ta­tions over the three days by 47 speak­ers from through­out the Mar­itimes fea­tured prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges fac­ing young peo­ple want­ing to serve God to­day, help­ful ad­vice for all mem­bers of the fam­ily, and many prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples of how we can im­i­tate Je­sus’ ex­am­ple to help pro­mote peace­ful re­la­tions with oth­ers.

“No doubt the del­e­gates will be ea­ger to share some of this prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion with oth­ers as they re­turn home,” added Easter.

This con­ven­tion was one of a se­ries of 57 con­ven­tions be­ing held across Canada this sum­mer in 14 lan­guages, and one of over 5,000 con­ven­tions

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