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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

We have been holding virtual meetings over Zoom: check the upcoming events for details.

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting at the History Center: Freshwater Studies Institute

    BoatApril 9 2012: Meeting at the History Center: Freshwater Studies Institute

    7 p.m….322 Sixth Street, Traverse City (the old library)

    Join us for a presentation by Hans VanSumeren and Constanza Hazelwood of Northwestern Michigan College’s Freshwater Studies Institute.

  • Media Night…Movie!

    Movie Night imageMarch 26 2012: Media Night…Movie!

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

    Enjoy a movie and conversation from a Humanist perspective.

  • Grand Traverse Humanists Make Darwin Day Presentation

    TurtleGrand Traverse Humanists Make Darwin Day Presentation

    Dr. Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham traveled to Petoskey on February 12 to make a presentation on their recent trip to the Galápagos Islands to the Freethought Association of Northern Michigan. Entitled “The Galápagos: Our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,” Dr. Elliott discussed the flora and fauna of the islands, as well as Charles Darwin’s 1831 voyage to the Galápagos and the development of and evidence for his theory of evolution. We are very pleased to have been able to visit the recently-formed Freethought group in Petoskey, and look forward to future collaborations.

  • Book Club Discussion: The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

    The Believing BrainFebruary 27 2012: Media Night…Book Club!

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

    Join us for a discussion of Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain. In this, his magnum opus, one of the world’s best known skeptics and critical thinkers Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skepticmagazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. This book synthesizes Dr. Shermer’s 30 years of research to answer the questions of how and why we believe what we do in all aspects of our lives, from our suspicions and superstitions to our politics, economics, and social beliefs.

  • Happy Darwin Day!

    Darwin Day graphicDarwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Click here for more information!

  • Meeting at the History Center: Humor in Humanism!

    Laughter graphicFeb 13 2012: Meeting at the History Center: Humor in Humanism!

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

    Bring your favorite Humanist-oriented cartoons, jokes, or video suggestions to our Humor in Humanism roundtable! See “Call for Cartoons” above. The Comedy Fest is canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make our own laughs!