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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!

Please note: MEETINGS AT THE LIBRARY ARE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD. We are meeting outside in person when possible, and on Zoom as schedules allow. Check the Upcoming Events below for details

In Memoriam:

In the last six months, four of our fellow Grand Traverse Humanists have died. We are saddened by the loss of Ed Rom, Walter Foote, Mark Gustafson, and Gordon Grimm. Let us remember them well.

Upcoming Events

  • Humanist Movie Night

    Movie NightSunday, October 28, 2018

    Humanist Movie Night

    4 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists are bringing back Movie Night! Every month or so, we’ll plan to have either a book club discussion OR a movie night at a member’s home. We’ll gather at 4:00 for potluck and conversation, then watch a (yet-to-be-determined) movie.

    RSVP to Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com for address information

  • Hungry Humanists: Asian Buffet

    SushiMonday, October 22 2018

    Hungry Humanists: Asian Buffet

    7 p.m., 1146 W. South Airport Dr., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will host their monthly Hungry Humanists outing at Asian Buffet, located on S. Airport Rd. next to Big Lots in the Cherryland Mall complex. The buffet includes many Chinese options as well as sushi and made-to-order Hibachi grill dishes. Hope to see you there!


  • Bike Ride up Old Mission Peninsula

    Fall treesSunday, October 7, 2018

    Humanist Bike Ride: Old Mission Peninsula to Jolly Pumpkin (weather permitting!)

    10:30 a.m… 1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will bike up Old Mission Peninsula to Jolly Pumpkin for lunch, and then back to town. Meet at the TC Central parking lot at 10:30. Ride will be cancelled if the weather is rainy or too cold! Text Scott to RSVP at 231-313-7214, or email at scott.blair@jacobs.com.

  • Meeting at the Library: Greg LaCross

    DNAMonday, October 8, 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Greg LaCross on Genetics

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

    Grand Traverse Humanists will welcome Greg LaCross with a presentation on genetics and its applications in the modern world.

    The field of genetics and molecular biology has grown exponentially over the last 100 years. Great strides have been made in understanding the human genome and how it can be manipulated for various purposes that are not, some would say, all good.

    Presenter Greg LaCross will give an overview of past research into the mechanisms of DNA, and the state of current knowledge and applications of modern-day genetics that include those things such as gene therapy, cloning, CRISPR, genome sequencing, etc.

    Greg LaCross is the Chair of the Biology Department and genetics instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. He obtained his first graduate degree in molecular biology from Boston College where he conducted research in the fields of biochemistry and genetics.

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

  • Hungry Humanists: The Franklin

    Franklin logoMonday, September 24 2018

    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

    DinosaurGrand 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.