Senior Pastor Jamie Dickson, shown Sept. 3 at Kingdom Life Church in Oakland, was preparing for the four-day Tenacious Love conference later this month at the church. The event has been canceled doe to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel file Buy this Photo

OAKLAND — Oakland’s Kingdom Life Church has canceled its 2020 Tenacious Love indoor conference planned for later this month, citing an abundance of caution related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The conference, scheduled for Sept. 24 through Sept. 27, was planned as an in-person gathering with religious speakers, with modified safety regulations. As early as last week, the church pastor said the event was still scheduled to happen and would adhere to state safety protocols and the 50-person limit for indoor gatherings.

But staff at staff at Kingdom Life Church wrote on the church’s Facebook page on Sept. 11 that the conference was now “canceled due to ongoing state regulations and safety concerns,” and that “ticket holders have been emailed, notified, and refunded.”

Senior Pastor Jamie Dixon posted a five-minute Facebook video last week and sent the Morning Sentinel a lengthy announcement about safety precautions. In that announcement, Dixon wrote that canceling the conference was not out of the question.

Dixon also wrote the event would comply with the the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s 50-person limit for indoor gatherings, religious services included.

Kingdom Life Church officials did not immediately return messages Monday seeking comment.


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