This article was in the Cyprus Mail today (Sat 27 June):
Jehovah’s Witness convention in Limassol next weekend
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES will discuss their beliefs on the end of the world during their three-day district convention in Limassol next month.
The convention will be held at the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre Palais de Sports from July 3-5.
Throughout the weekend the convention “will highlight an analytical and reasonable – as opposed to fanatical – approach to the subject”, a Jehovah’s Witness press release said.
On Friday the convention will touch on why keeping watch is important and the importance of keeping spirituality alive in families. Saturday’s programme will highlight the dangers of indifference and apathy regarding the upcoming world events foretold in the Bible, while Sunday’s session will contrast popular views with the Bible’s definition of the end of the world.
A special feature on Sunday afternoon will include the modern-day drama, “Your Brother was dead and Came to Life”, based on Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son.
The programme will be presented in Greek, English, Turkish and Russian and will be translated into Arabic, Polish, Rumanian and Bulgarian. Representatives are expected from England, Greece and Turkey.
Jehovah’s Witnesses invite all to attend and learn more about these topics.
Programme sessions run from 9.20am to 4.55 pm on Friday and Saturday and to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free and no collections will be taken.
I have sent a letter to the editor for publication:
Jehovah's Witnesesses - District Convention
I read with interest that the JWs are to hold a convention soon.
They are an extremely active religion and are always seeking to make new converts. In Cyprus their target audience includes the many foreign workers from developing countries.
To many, they are regarded as a 'cult'. The organisation was founded by Charles Taze Russell in the late 19th century in the USA. He studied the pyramids and decared that the world would end in 1914. This did not happen, so later dates were provided.
The sad thing about this cult is that if one joins it, especially by baptism, it is hard to leave.
They practise 'shunning', which means that someone who leaves has absolutely no contact with members who are 'still in'. This can include mothers, fathers, and so on. I have a friend who has never been allowed to see her grand~children because she dared to leave the religion.
Those who are interested may wish to visit http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/
*PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH MY NAME OR E-MAIL. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE JWS.*