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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

  • Paddle Trip: Manistee River

    Paddling the Manistee River
    Sunday, July 16

    Paddle Trip

    Manistee River…time and exact place TBD

    Let’s get outside and enjoy the beautiful Manistee River! We will start at Harvey Bridge (southeast of Buckley) at 10 a.m. and end at Glengary Bridge (just north of Mesick). This trip takes approximately three hours on the water (assuming you paddle and don’t just float), plus time to set up the shuttle and take a mid-day break. RSVP to Linnaea Melcarek at 231-357-1813 or lmelcarek@gmail.com. More info at our Facebook event.

  • Hungry Humanists: Blue Tractor

    Eat Drink and be Merry
    Monday, June 26 2017

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Blue Tractor, 423 S Union St, Traverse City

    Join us for dinner out! We’ll be upstairs on the outside deck, weather permitting. RSVP to Mark Elliott by calling or texting 231-392-1215.

  • Meeting at the Library: “1835: Darwin, the Beagle, the Galapagos, and Evolution”

    Monday, July 10 2017

    Meeting at the Library: “1835: Darwin, the Beagle, the Galapagos, and Evolution”

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Ten biology students recently made a journey to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands accompanied by NMC instructor Greg LaCross. Greg will describe the trip and relate the group’s experiences to the natural history and beauty of the islands, Darwin’s visit in 1835 and how the islands have changed since, Darwin’s evolutionary theory, and the islands’ current conservation and restoration.

    Greg LaCross is currently the Chairperson of the Biology Department at Northwestern Michigan College where he teaches a variety of subjects including: ecology, the major’s biology series, genetics and biochemistry. He is also a group leader for the International Services and Service Learning Department having led trips to South Africa and Ecuador. Greg is also on the board of The Leelanau Conservancy and conducts habitat assessments and natural features inventories.

  • Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Why Atheism is Not Enough

    Monday, June 12 2017

    Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Why Atheism is Not Enough

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join us for a presentation by Ed Brayton, former comedian and current author of the Patheos blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Thoughts from the Interface of Science, Religion, Law, and Culture. Ed will make an impassioned plea for the need to focus on Humanist principles such as service to others and the fight for equality and justice.

    About Ed…After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head.

    He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Book Discussion: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

    Book of Joy cover
    Sunday, May 7 2017

    GTH Book Club

    11 a.m….home of Bradley and Jill

    Join us for a discussion and potluck brunch featuring the new release from the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu…The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. RSVP to Bradley Chaplin at bradleychaplin@att.net for directions.