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
- Hungry Humanists: Firefly Lounge
Monday, 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.
- Bike Ride: TC to Suttons Bay
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
And if you’re an experienced paddler, stay tuned for a future outing on a more challenging local river!
- Meeting at the Library: Mark Gustafson
Monday, May 14 2018
Meeting at the Library: Mark Gustafson
7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
Former literature instructor and Grand Traverse Humanists member Mark Gustafson will present a program on Humanism in Literature.
Mark Gustafson was a teacher of literature and composition at Muskegon Community College for 25 years and also taught literature at Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Over his years of teaching, he discovered that many of the themes in the books he used in class were humanistic in nature. Mark will talk about some of these books and how they influenced his beliefs about God and religion.
- Book Club: Herb Silverman’s “Candidate Without a Prayer”
RESCHEDULED due to weather
Wednesday, April 18 2018
Book Club: Herb Silverman’s “Candidate Without a Prayer”
6 p.m at Mark and Heather’s house, 7670 E. Shore Rd., Traverse City.
Following our visit from atheist activist Herb Silverman, we’ll discuss his book “Candidate Without a Prayer.” In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. Equal parts Bertrand Russell, Woody Allen, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, he takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God’s existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America’s secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.
More information available here: GT Humanists Book Club