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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: John Robert Williams

    July 8: Meeting at the History Center: John Robert Williams

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

    John Robert Williams, co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, will speak on the film festival…its origins, this summer’s line-up, and future directions. Get ready for this year’s festival with a talk by John Robert Williams!

  • Beach Bums Outing

    Friday August 9 and Friday August 30 2013
    Beach Bums outings!

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists at the ball park for Friday night baseball fun!

  • Meeting at the Library: Hemant Mehta

    July 29: Special Meeting: Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist

    7 p.m….Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    ***NOTE DIFFERENT VENUE!***

    Join us for a very special meeting with Hemant Mehta!

    Hemant Mehta graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in Mathematics and Biology. While there, he also helped establish their first secular student group, Students WithOut Religious Dogma (SWORD). He earned his Masters in Math Education at DePaul University and currently teaches high school math in the suburbs of Chicago.

    He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, received scholarships from American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and now serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) and the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).

    Hemant appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and his book, I Sold My Soul on eBay (WaterBrook Press), was released in 2007. He covers the world of non-believers and skeptics at his blog, The Friendly Atheist.

  • 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