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
- Meeting at the Library: John Wierenga on Climate Science
Grand Traverse Humanists present John Wierenga with a program entitled “Climate Science, Paleoclimate, Paleogeology, and Paleontology: How the Past Informs the Future.” Wierenga will discuss concepts essential to understanding climate change with some emphasis on how Earth’s past climates inform our understanding of the future.
John Wierenga earned a BS degree in chemistry and biology. He is retired from a career working in public health and the environment.
As usual, following the presentation, we’ll gather at the Filling Station Microbrewery for drinks, pizza and conversation.
- Meeting at the Library: Human Rights Activist Golam Rabbani
Monday, August 13 2018
Meeting at the Library: Human Rights Activist Golam Rabbani
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
Golam Rabbani is a human rights activist from Bangladesh. Rabbani was a lawyer by profession in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He was involved in social work and has written columns for national daily newspapers. In Bangladesh, he ran for office, was harassed by police to the point of sustaining injuries including a broken arm and leg and has spent time in jail there. Fearful for his life, he and his family fled his country and now live in Traverse City.
Rabbani will speak to us about his own experience as a refugee. He’ll also talk about the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority who are being persecuted in Myanmar (Burma), many of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh and live in deplorable conditions in refugee camps.
- Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill
Monday, July 23 2018
Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill
7 p.m… 5074 US 31 N, Acme
- Volunteer at the State Theatre
Monday, September 17 2018
Volunteer at the State Theatre
7:30 p.m….233 E Front St., Traverse City
The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community, and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bike Ride: Betsie Valley Trail
Sunday, 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 email@example.com.
- Meeting at the Library: Lyme Disease
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.