Friends General Conference

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How a virtual Gathering works

Virtual Gathering events are held on Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Each event during the Gathering has its own link, which you will use to join the event at the set time. Events are held as Zoom meetings, rather than webinars, so you will be able to see other people attending the event. 

Join from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you don’t have any of these, there are a number of events that you can join by calling in from a landline or cell phone. Note that some workshops require that you connect from a device with a screen. Check workshop descriptions for more information (workshops listed as Audio-only participation: Yes are open to participants calling in.) We will be offering optional Zoom Basics training sessions to registrants before the Gathering begins.

Most event links will be available on Sched, a protected website where you can browse the Gathering event schedule and keep track of what you plan to attend. Daily event links will also be emailed to registered Gathering participants each morning of the Gathering. 

Learn more about technology at the virtual Gathering.  

You will choose how much of the Gathering you want to attend. While many Friends register for the whole Gathering, some might be interested in only attending certain events, such as evening programs or workshops. Learn more about events at the Gathering. You can register for different event packages (see event package descriptions), which will give you access to those specific programs. The fees for each event package are on a Pay as Led sliding scale. Learn more about Pay as Led.

Like an in-person Gathering, you can register in advance for a multi-session workshop, or even more than one. Because most workshops are interactive, there are capacity limits on them, so some may fill up. Register during early registration (April 15–29) for the best chance of getting into your first choice of workshops. Learn about this year's workshop options

If you want email updates about the Gathering, you can sign up here.