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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

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting at the Library: Cherryland Electric Co-op

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, April 8, 7 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they present “Cherryland Electric Cooperative 101.” Come learn about a local/regional power utility company and what makes it — as a cooperative — different from other utility companies. Tony Anderson, Cherryland’s General Manager, will shed light on this area as well offer a brief history of the Cooperative, and key energy issues of our day.

    Tony Anderson has been the General Manager of CEC since early 2003 and has been in the electric cooperative business for more than 35 years. He’s involved in numerous civic activities, and has completed 43 marathons, many of them fund-raisers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NW Michigan.

    The program is free and open to the public.


  • Meeting at the Library: SAIL Champion Program

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, March 11, 7 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a presentation on the history of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and the role of SAIL Champion in our community. SAIL Champion is a nonprofit that brings together sailing, history and community to build the capacity for resilience of youths affected by challenging circumstances. Maritime Heritage Alliance vice president and founding member Rich Brauer will talk about the MHA’s history, and outreach coordinator Anne Donn will share how Sail Champion came to serve the Grand Traverse region and where the program is going today. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City.


  • Meeting at the Library: South Fox Island Light Station

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    7 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they present Catherin Allchin with “The History and Mystery of the South Fox Light Station.”

    Catherine Allchin was instrumental in founding the Fox Island Lighthouse Association almost 20 years ago and is current VP of FILA. She’ll talk about the amazing work they’re doing to preserve the lighthouse. Come hear the story and fall in love with this historical gem nestled in the open waters of Lake Michigan.


  • Hungry Humanists: Robby’s Mexican and Spanish Cuisine

    RESCHEDULED: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7 p.m.

    We’ll gather for our monthly Hungry Humanist outing at Robby’s Mexican and Spanish Cuisine, located at 1796 S Garfield Ave., near the northwest corner of South Airport and Garfield (just north of Burger King) in Traverse City. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.


  • Célia Villac on the Red Tide

    Monday, January 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

    VENUE CHANGE:
    Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.

    Célia Villac will give a presentation on the Florida Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Célia is a research scientist at the Harmful Algal Bloom group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received her PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University and has completed post-doctorate appointments in research institutions in Brazil and Canada. With over 30 years of experience in marine microalgae teaching and research, she has lectured on microalgae taxonomy and ecology to undergraduate and graduate level courses and has worked in diverse coastal regions, from subtropical Atlantic South America to temperate Pacific North America. 


  • Humanist Movie Night

    Sunday, December 30, 2018

    Humanist Movie Night

    4 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists will gather at the home of Linnaea Melcarek 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.