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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!

Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting

Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.

Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

What’s New

  • Hungry Humanists: The Franklin

    Monday, September 24

    Hungry Humanists: The Franklin

    7 p.m., 160 E. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will hold their monthly Hungry Humanists outing at The Franklin restaurant in Traverse City on September 24, 2018. RSVP to Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com.


  • Meeting at the Library: John Wierenga on Climate Science

    Grand Traverse Humanists present John Wierenga with a program entitled “Climate Science, Paleoclimate, Paleogeology, and Paleontology: How the Past Informs the Future.” Wierenga will discuss concepts essential to understanding climate change with some emphasis on how Earth’s past climates inform our understanding of the future.

    John Wierenga earned a BS degree in chemistry and biology. He is retired from a career working in public health and the environment.

    As usual, following the presentation, we’ll gather at the Filling Station Microbrewery for drinks, pizza and conversation.


  • What is the Soul?

    Scott Blair
    Crossed column in the Northern Express
    Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It’s called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you’ll check it out!

    Link to the latest column:

    What is the Soul?


  • Volunteer at the State Theatre

    State TheatreMonday, September 17 2018

    Volunteer at the State Theatre
    7:30 p.m….233 E Front St., Traverse City

    The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community, and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.


  • Book Club: Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now”

    Enlightenment Now cover
    Sunday, September 30 2018

    We’ll meet at Gregg and Sue’s house to discuss Steven Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.”

    RSVP to Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com