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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 Memorium:

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: “You Are What You Breathe”

    August 13 2012: Meeting at the History Center–“You Are What You Breathe”

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

    Air pollution became a hot topic in Traverse City with the attempt last year to approve the building of a biomass plant in our area. What do we need to know about air pollutants, and how can we protect ourselves and society as a whole? Dr. Robert Brook, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan, will present a talk entitled “You Are What You Breathe: Effect of Air Pollutants on Cardiovascular Health.”

  • Meeting at the History Center: Humanist Celebration of the Arts

    Arts graphicJuly 30 2011: Meeting at the History Center: Humanist Celebration of the Arts

    Humanism is a philosophy informed by science, motivated by compassion, and INSPIRED BY ART. Art enriches all of our lives, from the carved handle on a serving knife to the beauty of a painting or the joy inspired by our favorite music. We invite you to share what inspires YOU…either your own artistic endeavor, or something done by others that you enjoy. Email larry.dean@gthumanists.org to sign up for a 5-10 minute spot. No pressure…just a joyful sharing of the art that enriches our everyday lives. “The artist is not a different kind of person; every person is a different kind of artist.”

  • Media Night: Movie!

    Movie Night imageJuly 23 2012: Media Night–Movie!

    7 p.m….location TBD

    Enjoy a movie and conversation from a Humanist point of view. Email info@gthumanists.org for details.

  • Meeting at the History Center: “Working with What Is”

    Image of a crowdJuly 16 2012 (NOTE: THIRD MONDAY): Meeting at the History Center–“Working with What Is”

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

    Humanists find themselves at the crossroads of becoming “mainstream.”  After struggling through the “come outer” era and then the “come inner” phase – many Humanists now are just average folk. They come in all sizes and colors and from a wide variety of ethic, cultural and social economic backgrounds.  For Humanists who came of age in the 19th century model of Humanist rhetoric, what will the “new” Humanist agenda be? Please join Rev. Suzanne Paul, Humanist Leader/Minister, and past president of the American Humanist Association (1990) for a discussion of what Humanist can and should be for the 21st century.

  • Media Night…Discussion of GTH Member Kimberli Bindschatel’s Book

    Book Discussion Group imageJune 25 2012: Media Night…Discussion of GTH Member Kimberli Bindschatel’s Book

    7 p.m….place TBD

    Kimberli has written a fantasy novel aimed at young adult readers which is sure to enthrall.  If you’d like to participate in this event, email Kimberli@whisperinthewoods @ charter.net for a copy of the book.

  • Summer Solstice Party!

    Summer Solstice illustrationSaturday, June 23 2012: Summer Solstice Party!

    Noon to midnight…hosted by the Uttings and the Mudgets…email info@gthumanists.org for details

    Join us for a celebration of the longest day of the year…barbecue meat provided, bring your own libations and/or dish to pass. Spend time with old friends and make new ones!