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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

  • Highlights of 50th anniversary American Atheists convention

    July 22 2013: Media Night

    7 p.m….517 Birchwood, Traverse City

    Join us for a viewing and discussion of some of the highlights of the recent 50th anniversary American Atheists convention in Austin, Texas. Snacks and conversation in a casual atmosphere.

  • Meeting at the History Center…Rabbi Chava Bahle on Judaism

    June 10 2013: Meeting at the History Center…Rabbi Chava Bahle on Judaism (RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 11)

    “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know from a Rabbi but were Afraid to Ask”

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    What four things does everyone need to know about Judaism? What are its variations and denominations? Is it possible to be a Humanistic or Atheistic Jew? Why do Jews feel so strongly about the state of Israel? These and other questions will be answered—with good humor, music, and storytelling! Chava Bahle serves as rabbi for several congregations and teaches classes on religion, spirituality, writing, and nonprofit leadership at NMC.

    More on Chava here.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Michael Spry, author of No Santa, No Tooth Fairy, No God: The Need to Challenge Faith in America

    Michael Spry book coverApril 8 2013: Meeting at the History Center: Michael Spry, author of No Santa, No Tooth Fairy, No God: The Need to Challenge Faith in America

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

  • Meeting at the History Center…Physicist Jerry Dobek

    May 13 2013: Meeting at the History Center…Physicist Jerry Dobek

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

  • Meeting at the History Center: Greg LaCross on “The Science of Evolution”

    Charles Darwin photographFebruary 11, 2013: Meeting at the History Center: Greg LaCross on “The Science of Evolution”

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    This talk will explore the natural phenomenon that we call evolution. For over 100 years, science has been skillfully investigating the changes to life that have occurred on our planet. The processes responsible for these changes and how they are studied will be discussed. Join us for a timely discussion of Darwin’s theory, just one day before International Darwin Day, the anniversary of his birth!

    Greg LaCross is an instructor in the Science Department at Northwestern Michigan College where he teaches biochemistry, genetics and the major’s biology courses.

  • Media Night: Book Discussion…Chaim Potok’s “The Promise”

    The Promise book coverJanuary 28 2014: Media Night: Book Discussion…Chaim Potok’s The Promise

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

    Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s studying to be a rabbi. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die.

    One day, worried about a disturbed, unhappy boy named Michael, Reuven takes him sailing and cloud-watching. Reuven also introduces him to an old friend, Danny Saunders–now a psychologist with a growing reputation. Reconnected by their shared concern for Michael, Reuven and Danny each learns what it is to take on life–whether sacred truths or a troubled child–according to his own lights, not just established authority.

    In a passionate, energetic narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it is to master and use knowledge to make one’s own way in the world

    Reviews…

    “A profound, moving book…refreshing, inspiring” —The Wall Street Journal“A superb mirror of a place, a time, and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and holid it tightly.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer“The characterizations are vivid, the incidents dramatic, the narrative fluid. . . . Overall . . . a glow of human erudition and compassion.” —Washington Post Book World“Brilliantly and intricately conceived. . . . The Chosen established Chaim Potok’s reputation as a significant writer. The Promise reaffirms it.”–The New York Times Book Review