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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

  • Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    Eat graphicMonday, February 23 2015

    Hungry Humanists at Red Mesa Grill

    7 p.m….Red Mesa Grill…1544 U.S. 31, Traverse City, MI

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Red Mesa Grill! Please RSVP to Karen Gredlein at kgredlein@hagerty.com.

  • Meeting at the Library: Carl Ganter–“Water’s Future: Around the Globe with Circle of Blue”

    Carl Ganter photoMonday, January 12 2015

    Meeting at Traverse City main library: Carl Ganter–“Water’s Future: Around the Globe with Circle of Blue”

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

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists and Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter for a captivating journey around the world to the front lines of the most important story of our era: Water. A defining period of global competition for increasingly scarce resources is fast emerging, particularly at the intersection of water, food, and energy. Circle of Blue, based in Traverse City, is the world’s leading news and science organization reporting this increasingly intense competition, from the coal mines of Inner Mongolia to California’s Drought to the shores of Lake Erie where toxic algae blooms shutdown Toledo’s water supply last summer. Ganter, an award-winning photojournalist and journalist, will provide insight about today’s challenges… and a glimpse into water’s future.

  • Hungry Humanists: Georgina’s

    Eat graphicMonday, January 26 2015

    Hungry Humanists at Georgina’s

    7 p.m….Georgina’s…236 E Front Street, Traverse City

    Join us for dinner out at Georgina’s in their new location across from the State Theatre (the old Phil’s on Front). Georgina’s serves a delicious blend of Asian fusion and Latin cuisine.

  • Book Discussion: Historical Jesus…Bart Ehrman books and videos

    How Jesus Became God book coverSunday, January 25 2015

    Book Discussion: Historical Jesus…Bart Ehrman books and videos

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

    In his latest book, New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.

    The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

    **Read any of Bart Ehrman’s books on historical Jesus, or watch one of his lectures on youtube**

  • Hungry Humanists: North Peak Brewing Company

    Eat graphicMonday, November 24 2014

    Hungry Humanists dinner

    7 p.m….North Peak Brewing Company

    Join us for dinner and conversation… RSVP to karen.gredlein@gthumanists.org

  • Meeting at the History Center: “Devil in the Woods: The Demonization of Fire in Our Culture and Its Profound Effects”

    Monday, November 10 2014

    Meeting at the History Center: “Devil in the Woods: The Demonization of Fire in Our Culture and Its Profound Effects”

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    Fire is a force of creation, an element of the natural world with an important role to play in the planet’s ecosystems.  Fire, once revered, is now generally feared. For the past century our cultural perspective on fire has been heavily influenced by religious and capitalist propaganda; our National Fire Policy resultantly became one of near complete fire exclusion. When the novel “Bambi was imported from Austria to the United States, it had no “forest fire” in the narrative. The fire scene in the cinematic version of the book, seared into the memory of three generations, was inserted by design.  That same year, 1942, Smokey Bear was rescued from a forest fire and became the national spokesperson for fire “prevention.” The effects of the demonization of fire are profound on contemporary society, and we are just now fully understanding the price people and the planet will have to pay for a flawed perspective on the complexities of fire, people, and our environment.

    Jed Jaworski has been a federal, state, and local wildland/urban interface fire fighter for 25 years and presently works with Michigan State University Extension’s “Firewise” program. His presentations offer a fascinating window into a topic most people have no awareness or understanding of, but leave the program fascinated by, proclaiming “I had no idea.” Produced especially for the Grand Traverse Humanists, one of the things his program sheds light on is the complexities of our relationship with our environment and how easily religion can be manipulated to influence public opinion and policy.