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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

  • 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.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Roundtable Discussion–“Election Dissection”

    Election 2012 signNovember 12 2012: Meeting at the History Center–Roundtable Discussion–“Election Dissection”

    7 p.m. 322 Sixth Street, Traverse City

    The election is over; now what? Join us for a roundtable discussion of the election results and their implications for Humanists.

  • Meeting at the History Center: The Danger of Relativism in Reason

    Faith Reason road signOctober 8 2012: Meeting at the History Center: The Danger of Relativism in Reason

    7 p.m….History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth Street

    The first principle of the Humanist Manifesto (III) states: “The lifestance of Humanism—[is] guided by reason…” It also states that Humanists “…find science to be the best method for determining knowledge of the world…” Yet as we know, others disagree and “find” that the best method for determining knowledge of the world comes through the revelations of the Bible or from oral traditions, etc. As sources of knowledge, these various methods are often viewed as having equal status, and therefore the choice between them is considered subjective; as a question of taste. One could ask; is there an objective method for acquiring knowledge of the world? Chris Kuchuris and Mella McCormick, philosophy professors at Northwestern Michigan College, will reveal that all methods are not logically equal and that genuine knowledge cannot be reduced to the whimsy of mere opinion.

     About the speakers:

    Chris Kuchuris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He also attended graduate school there and at the University of Nevada, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Ethics and Policy Studies. He has been working in philosophy for the past 21 years teaching classes in Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Existentialism at the College of Southern Nevada. Chris has published a textbook titled Puncturing Our Illusions: Developing Our Critical Thinking Attitude. His most recent publication is Aristotle’s Greatest Contribution to Science in An Anthology of Philosophical Studies Volume 6 which he co-authored with Mella McCormick.

    Mella McCormick is a philosophy professor at Northwestern Michigan College. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Keele University in Staffordshire, England. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her graduate work in philosophy. Prior to teaching in Michigan, Mella taught both philosophy and women’s studies at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where she authored and chaired the Associate of Arts degree in Women’s Studies.