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
- Bike Ride: Beulah to Frankfort
Sunday, August 6 2017
Bike Ride…Beulah to Frankfort
11 a.m….meet at the village park in Beulah
Ride from Beulah to Frankfort for lunch! 20 miles round trip…a beautiful trip along a former railroad track by the Betsie River (nice and flat 🙂 ) Please RSVP to Mark at 231-392-1215 (text or call).
- Hungry Humanists: Bayview Inn Bar & Grill
Monday, August 28
7 p.m….Bayview Inn Bar & Grill, 5074 US-31, Traverse City
Join us for dinner and conversation at the Bayview Inn, right on the TART Trail and across from beautiful East Bay. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8
- Book Discussion: The Nordic Theory of Everything, by Anu Partanen
Sunday, August 20 2017
Book Discussion: The Nordic Theory of Everything, by Anu Partanen
Home of Mella and Chris; 4 p.m.
- Meeting at the Library: Speaker Jeremy Beahan
Monday, August 14 2017
Meeting at the Library: Speaker Jeremy Beahan…What Can Modern Secular Humanists Possibly Learn from Ancient Buddhists?
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI
Quite a bit, actually. Early Buddhist doctrines regarding the nature of reality, causation and persons are surprisingly compatible with a naturalistic worldview. Many Non-Theists who long for a spiritual tradition they can identify with have found inspiration in secularized forms of Buddhist ethics and mental discipline.
Find out more as we explore Buddhist scriptures, philosophy and practice from the emerging perspective of Secular Buddhism.
About the Speaker
Jeremy Beahan teaches classes in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University. Jeremy was also a co-host and producer for the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show. He has been an active member of the Freethought Association (now CFI Michigan) since 2002.
- Hearty Humanists Camping Expedition
September 8-10 2017
Hearty Humanists Camping Expedition
Power Island…details coming soon. Three sites are reserved, and we’ll be boating over! Contact person: Scott Blair scott.blair
- Meeting at the Library: Susan Odgers…The Power of Neighbors
Monday, October 2 2017*Note: October meeting will be the FIRST Monday of the month*
Meeting at the Library: Susan Odgers…The Power of Neighbors
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
“The current challenges in our communities won’t be met by waiting for money and labor. There is another way; something more. I’ll give you a hint. It’s a generally unseen resource we all have in abundance.” Susan Odgers urges her audience to get to know their neighbors, to connect, to invite each other to events, and asks: how will you reclaim your forgotten resource?