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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!

We’re back in person at the library! Join us Monday, July 11 for Empowered Aging Discussion.

6 p.m., Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

Scroll down for more details. Hope to see you there! 

Upcoming Events

  • Hungry Humanists: Pangea’s Pizza

    Monday, June 27, 6 p.m.
    135 E. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will gather to dine on the rooftop patio at Pangea’s Pizza. Contact Mark to RSVP: 231-392-1215.





  • G.T. Humanist Bike Ride: Leelanau Trail

    Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m.
    Darrow Park
    1025 Bay St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet at Darrow Park in Traverse City, ride up the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay, have lunch at Hop Lot, then bike back. The option to join the group as they arrive at Cherry Bend Rd. is also a possibility. You can also take the BATA bus back home with your bike if you don’t want to bike both ways. Contact Mark to RSVP: 231-392-1215.



  • G.T. Humanist Meeting: Empowered Aging

    Monday, July 11, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    G.T. Humanists will hold a discussion on the general state of eldercare in the nation, and in Grand Traverse County specifically.

    Kim Bauml, Senior Care Consultant/President at Options for Senior Living LLC, and Sharon Neumann, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist/Consultant, will lead a discussion about elder care options in our community.

    Emphasizing that knowledge and thoughtful planning are empowering, the program and discussion will help to answer some of the most common questions and concerns about aging, including:

    * The status of aging as a social issue and the big picture politically
    * The economics and safety nets for patients who run out of money
    * Insurance and financial considerations to keep in mind
    * Recruiting and retaining eldercare employees
    * Easing the burden for families
    * Gerontology and palliative care options/availability
    * Resources for successful adjustment to loss and change
    * Local facility availability


  • Hungry Humanists: North Peak Brewing Co.

    Monday, July 25, 6 p.m.
    400 W. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will gather to dine on the patio at North Peak Brewing Co. Contact Marlene to RSVP at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.





  • G.T. Humanist Bike Ride: Boardman Lake Loop

    Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m.
    Hull Park
    660 Hannah Ave., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet at Hull Park in Traverse City to bike around Boardman Lake on (what we anticipate by then will be) the newly-opened Boardman Lake Loop trail. Since the loop is only 4 miles, we’ll then bike on the TART trail east to Red Mesa to have lunch, then bike back to Hull Park.





  • G.T. Humanist Meeting: Tour the Botanic Garden

    Monday, August 8, 6 p.m.
    Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
    1490 Red Dr., Traverse City

    Join us for a docent-led tour of the beautiful Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park! This event is free and open to the public.