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Norco Jehovah’s Witnesses host regional sign language convention

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A three-day religious convention in American Sign Language gets underway today in Norco. KPCC’s Steven Cuevas says organizers expect about 2,000 people to attend.

A coalition of Inland Jehovah’s Witnesses is hosting the Western American Sign Language Bible convention. This weekend’s event is meant to attract hearing-impaired people to the denomination, so most activities will have a decidedly evangelical flavor. Activities include discussions about scripture and Witness doctrines.

The evangelical Christian denomination has offered sign language interpretations of its services across the country for over 60 years. Many Christian denominations are making similar efforts to reach hearing impaired people. Jehovah’s Witnesses have published church teachings in American Sign Language, and they recently created an ASL version of the Bible on DVD.

All sessions of the Western American Sign Language Bible convention at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Norco are free and open to everyone.