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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

What’s New

  • Is There a Line Between Education and Indoctrination?

    Scott BlairCrossed column in the Northern Express
    Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It’s called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you’ll check it out!

    Link to the latest column:

  • Hungry Humanists: Firefly Lounge

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, May 23 2018

    Hungry Humanists: Firefly Lounge

    7 p.m….310 S. Cass St., Traverse City

    Every month, the Grand Traverse Humanists choose a place to meet and eat. For April, we’ll gather at the Firefly Lounge for an enjoyable evening of food and discussion. All are welcome! RSVP to Marlene at 703-967-1753.

  • Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    Leelanau Trail
    Sunday, June 3 2018
    (possibly also a month earlier, Sunday May 6, weather permitting)
    Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

    All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. Usually we start at Darrow Park in Traverse City at 10:30 a.m., bike up to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail, have lunch, and then bike back (or take BATA back to Traverse City). However, we’ve also biked other local trails, including the Heritage Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort. Starting time and location to be announced. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Meeting at the Library: Autism

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    Monday, June 11 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Autism

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Join us as we welcome various speakers on the topic of autism. We’ll learn about autism from a scientific perspective, local advocacy efforts for those with autism, and about support groups that are available. Author Cari Noga, who is a parent to a child with autism, will start off the evening with a reading.

  • Paddling the Crystal River

    The Crystal River
    Saturday, June 16 2018
    Paddling the Crystal River

    10 a.m….Crystal River access on Fisher Road off of 675 / Dunn’s Farm Rd.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they lead a paddle trip down the beautiful Crystal River! This trip is appropriate for all skill levels. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the access on Fisher Road, just south of Dunn’s Farm Road, a couple miles east of Glen Arbor. The parking lot is run by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so you will need a park pass. You bring: your watercraft, paddle, flotation device, appropriate water shoes (barefoot not recommended), and a picnic lunch. We’ll bring the expert river guide! Email Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com to RSVP.

    And if you’re an experienced paddler, stay tuned for a future outing on a more challenging local river!