Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Gathering Programs and Events

A workshop at the Gathering (photo: Marta Rusek)

The Gathering offers a wide variety of programs and events throughout the week. 

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Mornings

Adults and high schoolers sign up for a week-long workshop when they register for the Gathering. All children (birth through rising ninth grade) are in age-specific Junior Gathering groups (the children's program).

Evenings

Adults gather each evening to hear a speaker or performerOn Wednesday night, Friends of all ages gather for an evening together - usually for a concert. High Schoolers are welcome at all evening programs. 

Evening singing (photo: Arthur Fink)

Early Mornings, Afternoons and Late Evenings 

During these times, Friends choose among a wide variety of events generally lasting 60 to 90 minutes, including:

Pre-Gathering Events

Friends may choose to attend a one to two day event prior to the Gathering to explore a topic in depth. Browse this year's pre-Gathering offerings.

Children and Teens

Children and teens flourish in age groups at the Gathering. Children are in their own programs every morning (during adult workshops) and every evening (during evening programs) -- except for the mid-week intergenerational evening program.

High schoolers (starting with rising tenth graders) are housed in their own dorm, sign up for a morning workshop, have some high school specific activities and also may participate in many afternoon options.

Adult Young Friends

The Adult Young Friends (AYF) program is a self-led intentional housing cluster and community of Friends age 18–35 who come together at the Gathering to inspire, create strong bonds of Friendship, and support the growth of Quaker leadership. Learn more about the Adult Young Friends program.

New to the Gathering?

Check out our tips for First Time Attenders!

Virtual Gathering

For Friends who aren't travelling to Radford, we will have a Virtual Gathering option, with workshops just for online attenders, and livestreamed Evening Programs