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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

  • Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill

    Eat Drink and be Merry

    Monday, July 23 2018

    Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill

    7 p.m… 5074 US 31 N, Acme

    Hungry Humanists this month will be the Bay View Inn in Acme. Link to their menu: https://www.franksbayviewinn.com/menu.
    RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.

  • Volunteer at the State Theatre

    State TheatreMonday, September 17 2018

    Volunteer at the State Theatre
    7:30 p.m….233 E Front St., Traverse City

    The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community, and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.


  • Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    Betsie Valley TrailSunday, August 5

    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    10:30 a.m., Betsie Valley Trail

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. This month, we’ll bike the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort and back. Trail distance is about 18 miles round trip. The trail is a mix of paved/asphalt and some dirt/crushed limestone surface, so skinny-tired road bikes are not recommended. Meet at the train station in Beulah at 10:30; ride to Frankfort for lunch at Stormcloud Brewing Company (or stop in Elberta to eat at the Cabbage Shed if people prefer). RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.

  • Book Club: Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now”

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    Sunday, September 30 2018

    We’ll meet at Gregg and Sue’s house to discuss Steven Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.”

    RSVP to Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com


  • Is Intolerance Crushing Academic Openess?

    Scott Blair
    Crossed column in the Northern Express

    Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It’s called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you’ll check it out!

    Link to the latest column:

    Is Intolerance Crushing Academic Openness?