Southeastern Yearly Meeting has created a Virtual Gathering FAQs page with a wealth of information about the online gathering they held in April, including information about program priorities, logistics, training their volunteers and attenders in the use of Zoom, how they organized their sessions, and more. Check it out!
FWCC’s Planning Online Annual Sessions: Sharing Experiences and Ideas:
- Recording of the meeting
- General notes from the presentations
- Logistics & Technology breakout group
- Meeting for Business Online breakout group
- Social & Community Building Events breakout group
- Children and Youth Programming breakout group
Logistics and Technical Aspects:
Clearly, this depends on what you are trying to do. Here are a few useful starting spots:
- Zoom provides free video tutorials and live and recorded training sessions on many topics. A couple of specific suggestions:
- New to Zoom from New York Yearly Meeting is a friendly, short intro for beginning zoom users
- Virtual Meetings with Zoom: How to Participate from Northern Yearly Meeting is an example of training information that includes more detail.
- Zoombombing Prevention and Management, also from New York Yearly Meeting, is an excellent guide.
- Kathleen Wooten of New England Yearly Meeting’s web page Being the Church Online includes multiple resources about livestreaming and using Zoom (scroll down).
Online Clerking Resources:
- New England Yearly Meeting shared tips and a wonderful video on virtual clerking and discernment.
- Emily Provance of New York Yearly Meeting’s blog post about virtual clerking.
- Steve Mohlke, General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting, shared these tips about Clerking on Zoom, which includes both technical advice and guidance about the online clerking process.
Children and Youth Programming:
- Maggie Nelson of Portland Friends Meeting shares Key Ingredients for Connection from a Distance
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting shared Guidance and Practices for Online Youth Gatherings when participants are under the age of 18
- Farmington-Scipio Regional Spring Gathering
- FWCC: Europe and the Middle East Section Online Program
- Illinois Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions
- Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative Midyear Meeting
- Northern Yearly Meeting
- Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Annual Conference
- Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Virtual Mini-Gathering