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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!

Please note: MEETINGS AT THE LIBRARY ARE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD. We are meeting outside in person when possible, and on Zoom as schedules allow. Check the Upcoming Events below for details

In Memoriam:

In the last six months, four of our fellow Grand Traverse Humanists have died. We are saddened by the loss of Ed Rom, Walter Foote, Mark Gustafson, and Gordon Grimm. Let us remember them well.

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting at the History Center…Physicist Jerry Dobek

    May 13 2013: Meeting at the History Center…Physicist Jerry Dobek

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

  • Meeting at the History Center: Greg LaCross on “The Science of Evolution”

    Charles Darwin photographFebruary 11, 2013: Meeting at the History Center: Greg LaCross on “The Science of Evolution”

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    This talk will explore the natural phenomenon that we call evolution. For over 100 years, science has been skillfully investigating the changes to life that have occurred on our planet. The processes responsible for these changes and how they are studied will be discussed. Join us for a timely discussion of Darwin’s theory, just one day before International Darwin Day, the anniversary of his birth!

    Greg LaCross is an instructor in the Science Department at Northwestern Michigan College where he teaches biochemistry, genetics and the major’s biology courses.

  • Media Night: Book Discussion…Chaim Potok’s “The Promise”

    The Promise book coverJanuary 28 2014: Media Night: Book Discussion…Chaim Potok’s The Promise

    7 p.m….517 Birchwood Ave., Traverse City

    Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s studying to be a rabbi. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die.

    One day, worried about a disturbed, unhappy boy named Michael, Reuven takes him sailing and cloud-watching. Reuven also introduces him to an old friend, Danny Saunders–now a psychologist with a growing reputation. Reconnected by their shared concern for Michael, Reuven and Danny each learns what it is to take on life–whether sacred truths or a troubled child–according to his own lights, not just established authority.

    In a passionate, energetic narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it is to master and use knowledge to make one’s own way in the world


    “A profound, moving book…refreshing, inspiring” —The Wall Street Journal“A superb mirror of a place, a time, and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and holid it tightly.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer“The characterizations are vivid, the incidents dramatic, the narrative fluid. . . . Overall . . . a glow of human erudition and compassion.” —Washington Post Book World“Brilliantly and intricately conceived. . . . The Chosen established Chaim Potok’s reputation as a significant writer. The Promise reaffirms it.”–The New York Times Book Review

  • Meeting at the History Center: Ken Marek on Ernest Hemingway

    HemingwayJanuary 14 2013: Meeting at the History Center: Ken Marek on Ernest Hemingway

    7 p.m….322 Sixth St., Traverse City

    Retired professor of American Literature and English Ken Marek will speak on Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway spent summers in northern Michigan…learn more about his Michigan connection at our meeting January 14! Ken Marek is a member of the Michigan Hemingway Society and Michigan Writers.

  • Media Night: The Revisionaries

    Movie Night imageNovember 26 2012: Media Night…The Revisionaries

    7 p.m….517 Birchwood Ave, Traverse City

    Join us for a special viewing of The Revisionaries, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012, and shown at the Traverse City Film Festival this past year. This film is not yet available to the general public. Synopsis follows:

    Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state’s textbook standards. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist, Evangelical Christian, and beloved local dentist, the panel will debate and implement controversial new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will ultimately go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance.

    First-time director Scott Thurman has captured a fascinating front-line snapshot of America’s “culture wars,” shining a deserved spotlight on this divisive and far-reaching process that puts sweeping power in the hands of a controversial few. Sure to be a conversation starter, The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year.

    –Cara Cusumano

  • Winter Solstice Party

    Summer Solstice illustrationDecember 15 2012: Winter Solstice Party

    7 p.m….7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

    Come one, come all, to our annual winter solstice party!  Celebrate the turning point in the seasons and enjoy the company of good friends…those you know well, and those you will meet at the party. Dishes to share are welcome, but not required.