Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Bible in ASL and Jehovah's Witnesses

Yesterday my father-in-law handed me a packet he had received from some Jehovah's Witnesses that came to the door. They had been asking around for deaf people and he mentioned that I am deaf. They gave him some literature and a copy of the Bible in American Sign Language:


This particular church is the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1025 S. 24th St, Mesa, Arizona. I'm not a Jehovah's Witness (nor particularly religious at all) but I did find this pretty interesting, that they have services entirely in ASL (not just interpreted). I wonder if having the ASL services at this location is new, because I can't find much mention of it online.

Have you ever attended church in American Sign Language? Are entirely-ASL services available in your area?

7 comments:

  1. I have from time to time attended a Unitarian church and the services were in ASL also, which is very nice.

    I do not attend anymore and am not religious, but it is great when they have interpreted services for the Deaf.

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  2. Hello, I once visited a Kingdom Hall in the area. The hearing people conduct their services on Sunday morning first. Then, the Deaf, at noon, have their own service in ASL. They also have videos, like that DVD that they show in between talking. It was an interesting service.

    I rather go to a ASL service rather than an interpreted service. I notice that interpreters leave out many parts, including things that are not necessary to translate, but I need everything interpreted. sill decide which info to leave out and which to retain. That is me though.

    There are few ASL serviced in the area. None for me though. Oh well.

    ~BBF

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  3. Kym - I agree, it is great :)

    Anonymous - Thank you very much for your perspective! Very interesting :)

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  4. I have recently started attending a local Jehovah's Witness ASL congregation in CA. I have wanted to understand the bible but interpreters often don't understand everything and leave many things out. When I found out that Jehovah's Witnesses had the bible in ASL on DVD i wanted to see. WOW! The facial expressions and the signs are very clear and bring the bible to life for the first time in my life. I'm very excited and would highly recommend at least checking it out. The best part is they don't charge for the dvd's OR to go to the meetings they have.

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  5. The ASL BIble is amazing and it was translated directly from the greek scriptures. Check out the website jw.org then click on downloads, then click on sign language. There a lot more videos in asl to check out.

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  6. Hello,
    I go to the Bakersfield ASL congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. You can find an ASL congregation in almost any large city. Anybody is welcome, even hearing people who are interested in learning ASL. Most are located where you can take a bus to, in case you don't have transportation.

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