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. All dorms at the University of Toledo are air conditioned.

AYF Cluster (Adult Young Friends) is open to adults aged 18-35. You may participate in all of the AYF programs regardless of whether or not 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 the Gender Diversity Liaison for information and support.

Contemplative Cluster - 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. Select your preferred type of housing when you register.

FLGBTQC Cluster (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns) - The FLGBTQC Cluster will be in an air conditioned dorm. Friends of all ages who support LGBTQ concerns are welcome to join the FLGBTQC housing cluster, including children. The FLGBTQC 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 the Gender Diversity Liaison 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 a Fragrance-Free cluster with fragrance-free bathrooms. 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. Read more information for Friends with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

High School Cluster - 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.

Night Owl Cluster (NEW) - This cluster is for those who stay up later at night. While Gathering-wide quiet hours still apply, this cluster could be a good choice for those who stay up until midnight or later. We hope it will have a small lounge nearby for Friends to socialize in. 

People of Color - 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 pre-Gathering retreat for People of Color and their families.

Singles Cluster (i.e., unpartnered adults) - 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. All High Schoolers will be in the High School dorm.

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