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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

  • Meeting at the History Center: Ken Marek on Ernest Hemingway

    HemingwayJanuary 14 2013: Meeting at the History Center: Ken Marek on Ernest Hemingway

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

    Retired professor of American Literature and English Ken Marek will speak on Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway spent summers in northern Michigan…learn more about his Michigan connection at our meeting January 14! Ken Marek is a member of the Michigan Hemingway Society and Michigan Writers.

  • Media Night: The Revisionaries

    Movie Night imageNovember 26 2012: Media Night…The Revisionaries

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

    Join us for a special viewing of The Revisionaries, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012, and shown at the Traverse City Film Festival this past year. This film is not yet available to the general public. Synopsis follows:

    Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state’s textbook standards. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist, Evangelical Christian, and beloved local dentist, the panel will debate and implement controversial new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will ultimately go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance.

    First-time director Scott Thurman has captured a fascinating front-line snapshot of America’s “culture wars,” shining a deserved spotlight on this divisive and far-reaching process that puts sweeping power in the hands of a controversial few. Sure to be a conversation starter, The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year.

    –Cara Cusumano

  • Winter Solstice Party

    Summer Solstice illustrationDecember 15 2012: Winter Solstice Party

    7 p.m….7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

    Come one, come all, to our annual winter solstice party!  Celebrate the turning point in the seasons and enjoy the company of good friends…those you know well, and those you will meet at the party. Dishes to share are welcome, but not required.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Grand Traverse Humanists 5th Anniversary

    Sun Leaf imageDecember 10 2012: Meeting at the History Center of Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists 5th Anniversary

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

    Our group is five years old! Join us December 10 for a State of the Humanists report, as well as reflections on longevity and end-of-life from a Humanist point of view. We will also hold elections for our 2013 Board of Directors. Most importantly, there will be cake.

  • Meeting at the History Center of Traverse City

    Sun Leaf imageDecember 10 2012: Meeting at the History Center of Traverse City

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

  • Media Night

    Movie Night imageNovember 26 2012: Media Night

    7 p.m….home of DeAnna and Matt Hess (email info@gthumanists.org for directions)

    Join us for a movie and conversation from a Humanist point of view.