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
- Meeting at the History Center: “Working with What Is”
July 16 2012 (NOTE: THIRD MONDAY): Meeting at the History Center–“Working with What Is”
7 p.m….322 Sixth Street, Traverse City
Humanists find themselves at the crossroads of becoming “mainstream.” After struggling through the “come outer” era and then the “come inner” phase – many Humanists now are just average folk. They come in all sizes and colors and from a wide variety of ethic, cultural and social economic backgrounds. For Humanists who came of age in the 19th century model of Humanist rhetoric, what will the “new” Humanist agenda be? Please join Rev. Suzanne Paul, Humanist Leader/Minister, and past president of the American Humanist Association (1990) for a discussion of what Humanist can and should be for the 21st century.
- Media Night…Discussion of GTH Member Kimberli Bindschatel’s Book
June 25 2012: Media Night…Discussion of GTH Member Kimberli Bindschatel’s Book
7 p.m….place TBD
Kimberli has written a fantasy novel aimed at young adult readers which is sure to enthrall. If you’d like to participate in this event, email Kimberli@whisperinthewoods @ charter.net for a copy of the book.
- Summer Solstice Party!
Saturday, June 23 2012: Summer Solstice Party!
Noon to midnight…hosted by the Uttings and the Mudgets…email email@example.com for details
Join us for a celebration of the longest day of the year…barbecue meat provided, bring your own libations and/or dish to pass. Spend time with old friends and make new ones!
- Reason Rally a Roaring Success!
Reason Rally a Roaring Success!
Tens of thousands of rational people rallied in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 24, for the largest gathering of secular people in world history! The message was clear: we’re here, we’re secular, get used to it! (to borrow the turn of a phrase). Through a very soggy day, we stood resolute…nay, enthusiastic!…committed to science, reason, critical thinking, and the absolute separation of church and state. Singers, scientists, philosophers, and comedians flowed in a seamless procession on and off the stage with a message of support for secular ideals, encouragement to “come out of the closet,” and excitement for our growing momentum. For more on the rally, see the article below in “Humanism in the News.”
- Smart Commute Week in Traverse City
Smart Commute Week in Traverse City June 4-9 2012
From The Affirmations of Humanism…“We want to protect and enhance the earth…preserve it for future generations…”
Smart Commute Week is an annual week-long celebration of smart commuting that takes place the first full week in June. During Smart Commute Week an exciting, energizing, cool and noticeable transformation in transportation takes place in Traverse City and beyond of people getting around without their individual automobiles. Smart Commute Week’s critical mass and safety in numbers makes it a perfect opportunity for people to give smart commuting a try. In addition to encouraging new smart commuters, the purpose of the Week is also about gathering to celebrate the community’s year-round veteran smart commuters and infrastructure improvements to provide more safe, connected and accessible active transportation.
Enjoy free breakfasts at locations around Traverse City every morning if you ride your bicycle! Click here for more information.
- Scott Blair Speaks at Etcetera on “Knowledge, Reason, Faith, and the Search for Truth”
Scott Blair Speaks at Etcetera on “Knowledge, Reason, Faith, and the Search for Truth.”
April 26 saw the first meeting of Traverse City’s “Street Level Philosophy” group, Etcetera, at the Good Work Collective on Union Street. Featured on the panel were Grand Traverse Humanist board member Scott Blair and parkour specialist Levi Meeuwenberg, with Anthony Weber moderating. Scott began the evening with an excellent summation of why reason and dispassionate inquiry are the best tools to discover what is true, as opposed to faith. Click here to see the session on youtube. Etcetera is planning to meet once a month for civil discourse on a variety of topics. It was an interesting evening!