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!

Upcoming Events

  • Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for dinner at Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City!
    Contact Bob to RSVP: 517-449-3432 or rwsimon44@gmail.com.
  • G.T. Humanists Book Club: Breaking Through

    G.T. Humanists Book Club: Breaking Through

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet to discuss the book “Breaking Through: My Life in Science,” a powerful memoir from Katalin Karikó, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, whose decades-long research led to the COVID-19 vaccines.
    The discussion will take place at the home of Eric and Julie Braverman, 862 Incochee Woods Dr. in Traverse City. RSVP to Eric at 313-617-8531.
  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: Microplastics in the Great Lakes

    Grand Traverse Humanists will present a talk by Art Hirsch on microplastics in the Great Lakes.
    Please note this meeting will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6726 Center Rd. instead of our usual meeting place (the library).
  • Hearty Humanists: Power Island Campout

    The Grand Traverse Humanists have reserved sites to camp two nights on Power Island in West Grand Traverse Bay, September 13-15. We have several members with boats who can transport people who can’t get there on their own.
    Questions and RSVPs can be sent to Scott at 231-313-7214.
  • G.T. Humanist Paddle Trip: Manistee River

    G.T. Humanist Paddle Trip: Manistee River

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a paddle trip down the mighty Manistee River! Experienced river guide Linnaea will lead you down this section of river that is appropriate for beginners. This is a beautiful section of river, with majestic scenery on both sides. We will pass below the North Country National Scenic Trail. There is little development along the banks and the views of the hills surrounding the river should be truly spectacular.
    We’ll meet at the Manistee River Roadside Park off of US 131 (GPS coordinates 44.489006, -85.404125) at 11 AM, set up our shuttle, and paddle down to Baxter Bridge (29 1/2 Rd., GPS coordinates 44.4929338, -85.528095).
    Please bring your boat, paddle, sunscreen, snacks and water, and sturdy river shoes, as well as a change of clothes to leave in your car.
    If we feel like it, we might get dinner afterwards, perhaps at Kingsley Local Brewing/A. Papano’s Pizza.
    Important!: RSVP to Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com to attend. Rain date will be the following Saturday, July 27.