The Williams Sisters and the Religion of Jehovah's Witnesses
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 473
Tennis legends, Venus and Serena Williams, are well known for their dominance on the court and their numerous Grand Slam titles. However, their religious beliefs, as Jehovah's Witnesses, are not as widely known. This article aims to shed light on the beliefs and practices of this religious sect and the sisters' personal experiences as members.
The Beliefs and Practices of Jehovah's Witnesses:
According to the official website of Jehovah's Witnesses, the religion's followers do not celebrate birthdays as they believe it goes against God's wishes. The website states, "Although the Bible does not explicitly forbid celebrating birthdays, it does help us to reason on key features of these events and understand God's view of them." The tennis superstars have been open about their beliefs, with Venus once stating at a U.S.
Open press conference, "We're Jehovah's Witnesses, so we don't do that."
Serena Williams' Experience as a Jehovah's Witness:
While Serena is proud of her religious affiliation, she has admitted to not being an "exemplary witness" during her active tennis career.
In an interview with Vogue, she shared, "Being a Jehovah's Witness is important to me, but I've never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it." Despite this, she has a strong foundation in her faith, as she mentioned in a 2007 interview, "I have a really strong foundation.
That's how I was raised."
The Williams Family in Popular Culture:
The religious beliefs of the Williams family were recently brought to the forefront in the movie King Richard, featuring Will Smith as the lead, which is based on the life of the sisters' father, Richard Williams.
The Jehovah's Witnesses is a religious sect that is not widely known but is followed by prominent figures such as Venus and Serena Williams. Despite their busy careers, the sisters have remained proud of their faith and have been open about their beliefs and practices as Jehovah's Witnesses.