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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

  • Bike Ride: Betsie Valley Trail

    Betsie Valley TrailSunday, August 5

    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    10:30 a.m., Betsie Valley Trail

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. This month, we’ll bike the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort and back. Trail distance is about 18 miles round trip. The trail is a mix of paved/asphalt and some dirt/crushed limestone surface, so skinny-tired road bikes are not recommended. Meet at the train station in Beulah at 10:30; ride to Frankfort for lunch at Stormcloud Brewing Company (or stop in Elberta to eat at the Cabbage Shed if people prefer). RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.


  • Meeting at the Library: Lyme Disease

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    Monday, July 9 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Lyme Disease

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

    It may be an unpleasant topic, but ticks that carry lyme disease are here in northern Michigan, so it’s best to be informed! Dr. Christopher Ledtke, an infectious disease specialist at Munson Medical Center, will tell us what we need to know.

    Dr. Ledtke graduated from the University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, D.W.I. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Ledtke is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease.


  • Hungry Humanists: Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, June 25

    Hungry Humanists: Hopscotch Brick Oven and Taproom

    7 p.m…2032 E. 31 North, Traverse City

    Hungry Humanists will meet to eat at the new brick oven restaurant Hopscotch (so named because they’re known for their craft beer and scotch). The restaurant is located just east of Four Mile Road off the TART Trail (bike caravans to dinner encouraged!).
    RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com


  • Bike Ride: TC to Suttons Bay

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    Sunday, July 1 2018
    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride
    10:30 a.m., Darrow Park, Traverse City to Suttons Bay

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. Usually we start at Darrow Park in Traverse City at 10:30 a.m., bike up to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail, have lunch, and then bike back (or take BATA back to Traverse City). However, we’ve also biked other local trails, including the Heritage Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort. This month we’ll bike from Darrow Park to Suttons Bay and back, but adventures further afield are possible for future outings… stay tuned!


  • Book Discussion: The Swerve

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    Sunday, June 10 2018*date change*
    Book Discussion: The Swerve

    4 p.m., Scott and Suzette’s home

    We’ll meet to discuss the book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.

    More information on the book available here: http://www.gthumanists.org/book-club


  • Meeting at the Library: Autism

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    Monday, June 11 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Autism
    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join us as we welcome Carol Danly, co-founder of Northwest Michigan NT (Neurotypical) Support, a group that provides hope and support to those experiencing the challenges of relating to an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome or autism by creating opportunities to safely share, learn, connect and grow. Danly will speak about her personal experience of having a husband with autism. Author Cari Noga, whose book Sparrow Migrations features an autistic protagonist, will start off the evening with a reading.