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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

  • 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!

  • Special Event: “Holy Water Makes You Healthy and Wealthy”: The Revered Peter Popoff Promise

    Peter PopoffSept 26, 2011 Special Event: “Holy Water Makes You Healthy and Wealthy: The Reverend Peter Popoff Promise”

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

    You might remember faith healer Peter Popoff as the guy that James Randi exposed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 1986…although he claimed to be receiving “revelations from God,” he was actually being fed information about revival attendees by his wife through an in-ear radio transmitter.  He declared bankruptcy the next year.  How is it, then, that today his ministry rakes in millions of dollars urging people through television infomercials to request “miracle spring water?”.  Join us at The History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., at 7 p.m. for a short video and lecture presentation by followed by discussion. Presenter Jim Skinner has an M.A. from Aberdeen University, Scotland, and taught history at Brandon University in Manitoba for 28 years before retiring to Victoria, where he has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria in the departments of English, History, and History in Art.  He is also the president of the Victoria Secular Humanists Association.

  • Roy Zimmerman in Concert!

    Roy ZimmermanSept 30, 2011 Roy Zimmerman in Concert!

    8 p.m….Inside Out Gallery, 211 Garland St., Traverse City

    Roy Zimmerman writes fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. In eleven albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs are heard on NPR, PRI, Air America and Sirius Radio. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over two million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent. The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”
    http://royzimmerman.com/

    Tickets: $15 advance $20 door $25 reserved $35 VIP
    Available at InsideOut Gallery & Oryana
    Online @ www.treatickets.com