Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Housing Clusters

All registrants (except High School Program participants) are assigned to General Housing unless they choose one of the following clusters:

AYF Cluster (Adult Young Friends-no air conditioning) is open to adults aged 18-35 and is in a dorm without air conditioning. You may participate in all of the AYF programs regardless of whether you live in the AYF Cluster.  Families which include parents who identify as AYF and young children up to age 5 are welcome in the AYF Cluster. The AYF Cluster will include a gender-neutral housing block. Friends with concerns about accessing housing, bathrooms, or other Gathering facilities appropriate to their gender identity and expression are welcome to contact Kody Hersh, Gender Diversity Liaison, 786-246-2566, for information and support.

Contemplative Cluster (no air conditioning).  The Contemplative Cluster is a place for people intentionally seeking to deepen their spiritual life through contemplative practices such as worship, worship sharing, prayer, related study, and other opportunities for spiritual friendship.  If you desire contemplative living space and seek others who are similarly inclined, you may wish to choose this housing cluster and co-create a contemplative experience.  All are welcome who value your own sacred space and honor that of others.

FLGBTQC Cluster (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns). The primary FLGBTQC Cluster will be in an air conditoned dorm, a suplementary FLGBTQC Cluster will be in a dorm without air conditioning, near the AYF Cluster.  Friends of all ages who support LGBTQ concerns are welcome to join the FLGBTQC housing cluster, including children. Friends will be housed in designated gender neutral, female, or male housing areas with nearby corresponding bathrooms according to their stated housing preference.  Friends with concerns about accessing housing, bathrooms, or other Gathering facilities appropriate to their gender identity and expression are welcome to contact Kody Hersh, Gender Diversity Liaison, 786-246-2566, for information and support. Because fragranced products make some FLGBTQC Friends very ill, all who choose to be housed in this cluster should plan to use only fragrance-free personal products during Gathering week.

Fragrance-Free Cluster. There will be two Fragrance Free mini-clusters with fragrance-free bathrooms --one in a dorm with air conditioning and the other in a dorm without air conditioning.  Friends who choose this housing cluster agree not to use perfumes or scented personal or laundry products.  Gathering staff will ask the University not to use conventional cleaning products during the Gathering in the bathrooms of these suites.  Friends with scent/chemical sensitivities may choose to bring their own bed linens.

High School Cluster (air conditioning). You must choose this cluster if you are in the High School program or a High School staff person.  Please avoid early arrival by High School participants when possible, and read these early arrival policies for  High Schoolers.

People of Color (one cluster with air conditioning, another without air ).  Available to Friends of Color who choose this option, their roommates, and their family members who would like to be housed with other Friends of Color and their roommates or family members. Read about the optional ppre-Gathering retreat for People of Color and their families.

Singles Cluster (i.e., unpartnered adults) (no air conditioning) will be in in a dorm without air conditioning with suites which include the option of singles or doubles.  This cluster also welcomes adults who are attending the Gathering without their partner. Unpartnered young adults generally choose the AYF Cluster.

Families.  Unless families choose one of the above clusters, they will be housed with other families who make the same choice about air conditioning.  Junior Gathering programming spaces will all be in an air conditioned dorm.  All High Schoolers will be in the High School dorm.