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
- Meeting at the Library: TART Trails and GTRLC
Monday, December 10, 2018
Meeting at the Library: TART Trails and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
7 p.m. at 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they present a program on local efforts to preserve and enjoy our natural resources. Brian Beauchamp, Outreach and Policy Director with TART Trails, will talk about TART and their local non-motorized trail network: the history of the trails, where you can get out and enjoy trails currently, and what’s coming in the future.
Brian Beauchamp joined the TART staff in 2014 after having served on the Board of Directors for 5 years. He also manages the Vasa grooming program which grooms over 35 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing all winter long.
We’ll also hear from Marissa Duque, Campaign Coordinator for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, who will talk about the most ambitious effort in GTRLC’s history: the $71.4M Campaign for Generations. For over 27 years, GTRLC has worked hand-in-hand with communities to protect the land and water resources that are critical to our region, our quality of life and our economy.
Marissa grew up in Traverse City and moved to Colorado after high school where she earned her B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Denver, with a minor in Environmental Science. Marissa started at GTRLC five years ago as a Fund Development intern and now serves on the Fund Development team.
- GT Humanists Volunteer at the State Theatre
Monday, December 17, 2018
Volunteer at the State Theatre
7:30 p.m., 233 East Front St., Traverse City
Humanists volunteer the third night of every month at the State! Volunteer and get free popcorn, soda, and a voucher for a future free movie, besides getting to watch this one! Sign up at the monthly meeting the week before, or email Sue McDonald at email@example.com if you can help (7:30 p.m. start time is an estimation: actual time varies from month to month).
- Meeting at the Library: Stephen Tuttle
Monday, November 12, 2018
Meeting at the Library: Stephen Tuttle
7 p.m. at 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
Grand Traverse Humanists will welcome Stephen Tuttle, who will speak to us about the midterm election results in a talk titled “Election Reflections.” There will also be time for audience discussion.
Stephen Tuttle is a former political communications specialist who is now an award-winning columnist in the Northern Express. He’s also the only person to have ever been qualified by the Michigan courts as an expert witness on the subject of political communications.
- Humanist Movie Night
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Humanist Movie Night
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for address information
- Hungry Humanists: Asian Buffet
Monday, 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
Sunday, 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 email@example.com.