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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Upcoming Events

  • Hungry Humanists: Jolly Pumpkin

    Monday, March 27, 6 p.m.
    13521 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City

    Humanists will meet to dine at the Jolly Pumpkin restaurant and brewery on Old Mission Peninsula, March 27 at 6:00. Please RSVP to Leigh at lawietsma@gmail.com to attend.





  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: FLOW (For Love of Water)

    Monday, March 13, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a presentation by Liz Kirkwood, executive director of FLOW (For Love of Water), a non-profit based in Traverse City, dedicated to protecting the public waters and ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin. Her presentation is called “Water for All: The Future of Water in the Great Lakes Region.”

    As an environmental attorney for over 20 years, Liz develops and oversees FLOW’s work on key Great Lakes environmental policies designed to promote healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, and access to safe, clean, affordable water for all. Often testifying or speaking before public bodies, she makes frequent presentations to community organizations and professional audiences on Great Lakes issues from Line 5 to water justice and infrastructure financing to water privatization to climate change.



  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: Depolarizing Political Discussions

    Monday, February 13, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join us for a presentation by Mike Radke, PhD from the organization Braver Angels, for a program called “Depolarizing Political Discussions: How to Get Liberals and Conservatives in the Same Room for a Civil Conversation.”





  • Hungry Humanists: The Burrow

    Sunday, January 22, 11 a.m.
    12930 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City

    Join us as we meet to have brunch at The Burrow restaurant in Traverse City (located in the former Tuscan Bistro building on SW Bayshore Dr., between Grandview and Cherry Bend Rd). Check out the menu here: www.burrowtc.com.

    Please RSVP to Leigh at lawietsma@gmail.com.



  • Humanists Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

    Sunday, March 19, 4 p.m.
    Home of Richard and Lin Foa
    1415 Lake Dr., Traverse City

    The next book selection for the Grand Traverse Humanists Book Club will be Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “All the Light We Cannot See.” We’ll meet at the home of Richard and Lin Foa; email rfoa70@gmail.com to RSVP. A potluck dish to pass is welcomed but not required.

    Description from Amazon: 

    “Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

    Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).”



  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: The Hermit of Grand Traverse Bay

    Monday, January 9, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists in welcoming Jordan Owen, TC historian and storyteller, for a program called “The Mostly True Legend of Dick Bassett: Celebrity Hermit of Grand Traverse Bay.”