Some courts automatically set status conferences for all cases that are filed without a lawyer. Sometimes they call them an initial hearing. While this can be a bit scary and confusing, it seems the courts that are requiring this do so to make sure that your case will go smoothly. In other words, this isn't to punish you, but to help make sure you've got all the information you need to have a successful bankruptcy case.
Even though there is no requirement in the bankruptcy laws that this kind of hearing take place, if you've been ordered to appear (attend) a hearing like this, it's mandatory.
Where do I go for this hearing?
If there are no instructions on the order itself, you can call the court's clerk's office to find out whether you have to appear in person, can call in, or do it by video conference. While talking to them, also find out if there's anything you need to bring to the hearing.
Either way, make sure you read the order carefully so you don't miss anything.
What if I can't make it at the date and time the hearing is set for?
Call the clerk's office and ask them how to reschedule the hearing. Explain why you can't make it and find out the process for setting a new date.