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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: Jack Segal presents “What’s Wrong with the Middle East?”

    Jack SegalMonday, February 9 2015

    Meeting at the Library: Jack Segal presents “What’s Wrong with the Middle East?”

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

    ISIS, al-Qaida, Assad, “Charlie Hebdo,” Iran…Millions more refugees, hundreds of thousands of people killed, nuclear negotiations stalled, fanatical movements growing…

    The always-volatile Middle East seems to be getting worse by the day, and the U.S. and our allies seem unable to do much about it.  Join Jack Segal for a 30-minute talk about the multiple dilemmas facing policy-makers, followed by your comments, questions and answers.

    Jack is a retired U.S. diplomat.  He was First Secretary for Political/Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Israel/Palestine, where he dealt with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership.  He has held senior positions at NATO, the National Security Council and the State Department.  He’s now co-chair of the International Affairs Forum and is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at NMC.

  • 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