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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

  • Remembrance of Harrison Nelson

    Harrison NelsonRemembrance of Harrison Nelson

    Harrison Nelson, member of the Grand Traverse Humanists, died unexpectedly January 2 of this year. He and his wife, Dr. Kieran Fulkerson, moved to Traverse City five years ago and became members of our group in 2010. Harry was an aerospace engineer, rocket scientist, and design executive who was inventing right up to the end of his life. He was most proud of his contributions to NASA, the stealth bomber, and top secret projects for the Pentagon. Harry was a vibrant presence who exuded an optimistic outlook to his friends, family, and co-workers. He is sorely missed. More photos and remembrance of Harry…

  • Media Night…Movie!

    Movie Night imageApril 23 2012: Media Night…Movie!

    7 p.m….home of Eric Bravick..email ebravick@gthumanists.org for directions

    Join us for a movie and conversation from a Humanist point of view. We will be watching parts two and three of Jonathan Miller’s A Brief History of Disbelief.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Game-Changing Women of Humanism

    Atheist WomanMarch 12 2012: Meeting at the History Center: Game-Changing Women of Humanism

    7 p.m….322 Sixth Street, Traverse City (the old library)

    In conjunction with International Women’s Day, this month we will focus on women who have significantly impacted the landscape of Humanist and atheist thought, from Vashti McCollum to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. If these names don’t sound familiar, come to the meeting! They should!

  • Meeting at the History Center: Freshwater Studies Institute

    BoatApril 9 2012: Meeting at the History Center: Freshwater Studies Institute

    7 p.m….322 Sixth Street, Traverse City (the old library)

    Join us for a presentation by Hans VanSumeren and Constanza Hazelwood of Northwestern Michigan College’s Freshwater Studies Institute.

  • Media Night…Movie!

    Movie Night imageMarch 26 2012: Media Night…Movie!

    7 p.m….home of Eric Bravick (email erick.bravick@gthumanists.org for details)

    Enjoy a movie and conversation from a Humanist perspective.

  • Grand Traverse Humanists Make Darwin Day Presentation

    TurtleGrand Traverse Humanists Make Darwin Day Presentation

    Dr. Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham traveled to Petoskey on February 12 to make a presentation on their recent trip to the Galápagos Islands to the Freethought Association of Northern Michigan. Entitled “The Galápagos: Our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,” Dr. Elliott discussed the flora and fauna of the islands, as well as Charles Darwin’s 1831 voyage to the Galápagos and the development of and evidence for his theory of evolution. We are very pleased to have been able to visit the recently-formed Freethought group in Petoskey, and look forward to future collaborations.