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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

  • Happy holidays, everyone!

  • Book Club Discussion: The Moral Landscape

    >Nov 28 2011: Media Night

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

    Can science give us answers when it comes to questions of morality?  Sam Harris argues that indeed it can. Join us in reading and discussing this very important book, one that changed the mind of Richard Dawkins!  Read Dawkins’ comments here, along with a fascinating Q and A with Sam Harris.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues in the Separation of Church and State

    God & Government A Dangerous Mix signNov 14 2011: Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues in the Separation of Church and State

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

    You’ve no doubt noticed that some of the presidential candidates have strong religious ties…Rick Perry recently headlined a prayer meeting, flanked by members of the New Apostolic Reformation, who want to “take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus.” (See Terry Gross’ August interview with Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the political impact of the religious right, and also her October 3 interview with C. Peter Wagner, one of the New Apostolic Reformation’s leaders.) Meanwhile, in Louisiana, a high school student was ostracized after he requested that official prayer not be part of his graduation ceremony. Is the United States truly a secular democracy? Join us for a discussion of current issues in the separation of church and state.

  • Is Anybody Out There? Secular Allies

    Enjoy Life Now There is No AfterlifeOct 10 2011: Is Anybody Out There? Secular Allies

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

    So you know about the Humanists, but are there other like-minded groups around? Yes! Join us for a presentation from Kendal Taylor, founder of the new Freedom From Religion Foundation group in Petoskey. Kendal will discuss the formation of their group, its goals and aspirations, and how we might work together towards the common good. There will also be a short presentation on other related groups. Educate yourself and discover new secular resources!

  • Meeting at the History Center: Is Anybody Out There? Secular Allies

    Enjoy Life Now There is No AfterlifeOct 10 2011: Is Anybody Out There? Secular Allies

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

    So you know about the Humanists, but are there other like-minded groups around? Yes! Join us for a presentation from Kendal Taylor, founder of the new Freedom From Religion Foundation group in Petoskey. Kendal will discuss the formation of their group, its goals and aspirations, and how we might work together towards the common good. There will also be a short presentation on other related groups. Educate yourself and discover new secular resources!

  • Media Night: The Moral Landscape

    The Moral Landscape coverOct 24 2011: Media Night MOVED TO NOV 28

    Due to the preponderance of media night participants (including our host) who are going to the National Writers Series event with David Sedaris at the City Opera House on the 24th, and in the interest of allowing more time for more people to read this VERY IMPORTANT BOOK, we are moving our discussion of Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape to Monday, November 28. We look forward to a great discussion then!