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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

  • Media Night

    Movie Night imageMonday, March 24 2014

    Media Night

    7 p.m…517 Birchwood Ave., Traverse City

    Join us for a movie, snacks, and conversation from a Humanist point of view in a casual atmosphere.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Jeremy Beahan “Does Religion Make People Better?”

    Jeremy BeahanMonday, February 10 2014

    Jeremy Beahan of Center for Inquiry Michigan: “Does Religion Make People Better?”

    7 p.m….History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    Does religion make us happier, healthier and more helpful? A number of popular psychology books and articles argue that religion is a positive force for enhancing the health and well-being of both individuals and whole communities. A careful examination of the social psychological literature, however, reveals a complicated relationship between religion and “pro-social” traits that defies such a simple characterization. Luke Galen, Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University, recently reviewed dozens of studies on religion and pro-social traits for the American Psychological Association’s Psychology Bulletin, exposing some of the misleading ways in which this research is conducted and presented to the public. For this talk Jeremy Beahan (instructor of Philosophy and World Religions at Kendall College of Art and Design and co-host of the popular Reasonable Doubts Podcast) will summarize key details of the review in a way that is accessible to non-professionals and reveal the devil lurking in the details.

  • Chef Eric Patterson: The Art and Soul of Sustainable, Local Cuisine

    Monday, January 13 2014

    Chef Eric Patterson: The Art and Soul of Sustainable, Local Cuisine

    7 p.m….History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    Eric Patterson is co-chef and co-owner of The Cooks’ House in Traverse City. Prior to The Cooks’ House, Eric was head chef under legendary chef André Rouchat at André’s in Las Vegas. Eric has authored one cookbook with co-chef Jennifer Blakeslee.

  • Happy Darwin Day!

    Darwin Day graphicDarwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.  Click here for more information!

  • Winter Solstice Party

    Summer Solstice illustrationSaturday, December 21 2013

    Winter Solstice Party

    7 p.m….7670 E Shore Rd

  • Hungry Humanists: Xylo Cafe

    Eat graphic2013Monday, December 30 2013

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Xylo Cafe

    Let’s go out to eat! Join us for a meal at Xylo Cafe in the Warehouse District . RSVP to Karen at karen.gredlein@gthumanists.org.