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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

We have been holding virtual meetings over Zoom: check the upcoming events for details.

Upcoming Events

  • Book Club Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

    Hillbilly Elegy book coverSunday, April 9 2017

    Book Club Discussion…Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    11 a.m….home of Marlene and Isiah Smith

    Join us for a discussion of J.D. Vance’s best-selling and illuminating book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com for directions.

  • Hungry Humanists: Peegeo’s

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, April 24 2017

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Peegeo’s, 525 High Lake Rd., TC

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Peegeo’s! Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.

  • Meeting at the Library: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

    Monday, April 10 2017

    Meeting at the Library: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

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

    Join us for a presentation by Groundwork’s Jim Bruckbauer with an update on plans for the TC to Ann Arbor Rail, as well as other things in the works at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities!

  • Hungry Humanists: Sleder’s

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, March 27

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Sleder’s, 717 Randolph, Traverse City

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Sleder’s! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org, or text 503-422-6515.

  • Bowling

    bowling graphicSaturday, March 18 2017


    7 p.m….Incredible Mo’s, N US 31 in Grawn

    Join us for bowling, pizza, and fun! Three lanes have been reserved at Incredible Mo’s. Shoe rental is $3 and it’s $4.25 per game. RSVP to Vicki at cvolsen17@yahoo.com

  • Book Club discussion: Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars

    Why Liberals Win Culture Wars cover**postponed one week due to illness**

    Sunday, Feb 19 2017

    Book Club discussion: Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) by Stephen Prothero

    11 a.m….home of Jill and Bradley (RSVP for address and directions)

    In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win. RSVP to Bradley Chaplin at bradleychaplin@att.net for directions/more information. Head to the sleigh ride after!

    Sleigh Ride imageSunday, Feb 19 2017

    Sleigh Ride!

    1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m., Black Horse Farm…11177 S Plowman Rd, Empire

    One and 1/2 hour ride in the beautiful wooded landscape of Leelanau County. Sleigh holds 12 people. Please contact Vicki to reserve your space: cvolsen17@yahoo.com or call 231-943-1761. $15.00 per Adult/ $10.00 per Child (age 4-12)