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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

  • Book Club: Discussion of “The Meaning of Human Existence” by E. O. Wilson

    The Meaning of Human Existence book coverSunday, October 25 2015* note date change*

    Book Club: The Meaning of Human Existence by E. O. Wilson

    4 p.m….home of Gregg and Sue McDonald, 8836 Wheeler Oaks Dr., Williamsburg

    Join us for a discussion of the meaning of human existence! Please RSVP to Sue at 231-360-7510 or 231-360-7774, or librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.

  • Hungry Humanists: Panda North

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, October 26 2015

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Panda North, 2038 W South Airport Rd

    Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Heather at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

  • Meeting at the Library: Round-table Discussion…Who Watches the Watchers?

    Star Trek imageMonday, October 12 2015
    Meeting at the Library: Round-table Discussion…Who Watches the Watchers?

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

    Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was a card carrying Humanist. The Star Trek franchise included 5 different series and was his progressive vision of a fictional future where the ideals of Secular Humanism were the norm (at least for the earth’s inhabitants!).

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they view and then discuss an episode titled “Who Watches The Watchers?” from the Star Trek The Next Generation series.  It was one of the most thought provoking and Humanistic episodes of the Star Trek franchise.

  • Meeting at the Library: Aid in Dying: The Ultimate Human Right

    Ed Gogol imageMonday, September 14 2015
    Meeting at the Library: Aid in Dying: The Ultimate Human Right
    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (Traverse Area Main Library)

    Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois (formerly Hemlock of Illinois) will discuss the movement for death with dignity, and in particular the laws in Oregon and four other states which allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults to choose a hastened death.  Mr. Gogol is a member of Compassion & Choices, the Death With Dignity National Center, and Final Exit Network.  Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting talk on a topic that involves us all.

  • Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    Monday, September 28 2015

    Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    7 p.m….Red Mesa Grill 1544 US 31 North, 1/2 mile east of the State Park

    Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Heather at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

  • Bike Ride: Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

    Tandem bikeSunday, September 13 2015
    Humanist Bike Ride  

    10 a.m….Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

    Join us for a bike ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay, where we will indulge in a nice brunch as a reward. 🙂 Then bike back, or take the Bata bus if you’re feeling like digesting your meal in peace and comfort. 17 miles each way. Meet at 10 a.m. at Darrow Park in Traverse City. There is parking along the side of the road. You can text Heather with any questions…503-422-6515.