Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Gathering FAQs

About the FGC Gathering

What is the FGC Gathering?

Tips for First Time Attenders

Schedule and handouts: detailed schedule and descriptions of what happened at the 2021 Gathering

Questions about making payments

Questions during the Gathering

How do I access the Attenders Directory? Can I print it?


Other Questions

Completing Registration and Making Payments

 How do I make a payment?

Please minimize use of "reward" credit cards. FGC pays twice the fees when you use a reward credit card, especially Mastercard World Elite and Visa Signature Preferred cards. To help FGC minimize the fees it pays, whenever possible:

  • Use a debit card instead of a credit card
  • Minimize use of “Mastercard World Elite” or “Visa Signature Preferred” reward cards. 

To make a payment by credit card:

  1. Follow this link for the Gathering event. 
  2. Click "Already Registered"
  3. Enter primary registrant’s name and email address, exactly as entered on the registration form.
  4. Enter Confirmation Number (it’s in the primary registrant’s confirmation email, or you can click on the request button).
  5. Click "OK" button.
  6. Click "Submit Payment" tab (only appears if you have a balance due).
  7. Complete credit card information, and the "Apply the Payment to Your Order" section.
  8. Double-check the amount at the top of the form. Is the total listed at the top really what you want to pay?
  9. Click "Submit Payment" button at the bottom of the page.

To make a payment by check:

Make out the check to Friends General Conference and write "Gathering registration" in the memo line along with the names of everyone you're paying for

Mail the check to:

Gathering staff

Friends General Conference

1216 Arch St, #2B

Philadelphia, PA 19107

I'm having trouble making a credit card payment online. What should I do?

  1. Make sure that the amount you’ve entered as your total payment is equal to or less than the balance due on your account—the form won’t let you overpay. (If you want to make a donation, we can add that to your registration.)
  2. If paying less than the total due on your account, make sure you have itemized your payment (for example, if you want to make a payment of $100, you need to say whether you want that applied to your program fee, housing, etc). You can’t pay more than is due on any single item, and the total in those item boxes must add up to your total payment.
  3. Check the formatting of your total payment. It should have a dollar amount, decimal point, and cent amount, with no dollar sign or other punctuation. For example, if you were paying $100, your total amount should look like this: “100.00” not like “$100.00” or “100”.
  4. Please make sure that your billing name and address exactly match your credit card bill. Slight variations (such as “Ave” instead of “Avenue”) can prevent your charges from going through for some banks.
  5. If you still have problems, click "Needs staff processing" to complete your registration form and contact the Gathering Office (215-561-1700, option 2 on the menu, or [email protected]).

I made a larger credit card payment than I intended.  What should I do?

Send an email to [email protected] with your name, the amount you charged, and the amount you wanted to charge. We can only issue a credit to your card once your bank has processed the transaction (not necessarily the same day). Please do not send your credit card number to us via email and do not leave it on our voicemail!

Questions During the Gathering

How do I access the Attenders Directory? Can I print it?

The 2021 Gathering Attenders Directory is available online through July, and you can access it by logging into your Gathering registration. There is not a pre-printed copy of the 2021 Attenders Directory, but you can print it from your registration. You will only be able to print it until August 1, 2021.

Return to the registration site by following this link (alternately, use the link to view your registration in your registration confirmation or Final Details emails).

  • Click "Already Registered?" near the top of the page.
  • Enter primary registrant’s name and email address, exactly as entered on the registration form.
  • Enter Confirmation Number. (It’s in your registration confirmation & final details emails, or you click on the request button.)
  • Click the OK button.
  • Click on upper INFORMATION tab at the top (upper left side).
  • Click on Attenders Directory tab on the next line down.
  • The list is arranged by last name. Depending on the size of your screen you might have to scroll to the right to view all columns. (Scrolling bar is at the bottom of the page.)
  • To PRINT, look for a blue "Printer Friendly" bottom on the bottom right side of the page.
  • You should see a preview window showing what will be printed. If you do not want to print color headings, be sure to select "Black and White" for color mode, then click to print.
  • Click on page 2 and repeat the steps to print. The "Printer Friendly" version prints one screen at a time, and the Attenders Directory is currently across 4 screens.

Only Gathering participants who have opted-in to the Attenders Directory are listed. This list is only to be used by 2021 Gathering registrants for individual contact. Using data from this list for mailing lists or any bulk communication is expressly prohibited by Friends General Conference. Individuals included in this list have only given permission to be contacted on an individual basis by other Gathering attenders.  

Other Questions

Do you have advice for people who are new to the Gathering?

Yes! Once you're at Gathering, there are many choices about what to do. We're compiled some suggestions for first time attenders for self care, connection, staying grounded, and navigating the event. Read Tips for First Time Attenders at the Gathering.

Can I come to the Gathering from outside the US, Canada, & Mexico?

Everyone is welcome at the Gathering, and each year we have a number of Friends from other continents and other branches in the Religious Society of Friends. However, as an organization, our core mission and our core constituency is serving Friends in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Read more about attending the Gathering if you're coming from outside the US, Canada, & Mexico.

Can I come to the Gathering if I'm not Quaker?

Yes, but read our tips for a non-Quaker at the Gathering


Don't see the answer to your question here?

Email us at [email protected], or call 215-561-1700, ext. 2