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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

  • Bo Clampitt speaks on Antarctica!

    Whale SkullJan 30 2011: EXTRA MEETING: Bo Clampitt speaks on Antarctica!

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

    Don’t miss this journey to the last continent…a place with an average temperature of negative 50 to negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit…and the coldest temperature ever recorded of negative 256 Fahrenheit. Fewer than 50,000 humans have ever set foot in Antarctica! It’s the highest continent with an average height of over 6,000 feet and ice two miles thick, yet it is technically a desert. If you don’t think you’ll ever make the days-long journey through the sea to reach it, you can visit from your chair here in Traverse City as Bo takes us on the journey of a lifetime. See it now before everything melts! Retired from the Air Force, Bo Clampitt has since completed multiple marathons, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, among other things. He has set foot on all seven continents.

  • Meeting at the History Center: Stephen Tuttle on Campaign Communications and the Media

    Stephen TuttleJanuary 9 2011: Meeting at the History Center: Stephen Tuttle on Campaign Communications and the Media

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

    Stephen Tuttle is the only person in Michigan to have been qualified by the courts as an expert witness in campaign communications, and has worked with such clients as John Kerry, Mo Udall, Barney Frank, and John Lindsay.  He writes a weekly column in the Northern Express.  Join us as he discusses two of his past campaigns, and in particular, the interplay between campaign communications and local (sometimes hostile) media.

  • Happy holidays, everyone!

  • Happy holidays, everyone!

  • Book Club Discussion: The Moral Landscape

    >Nov 28 2011: Media Night

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

    Can science give us answers when it comes to questions of morality?  Sam Harris argues that indeed it can. Join us in reading and discussing this very important book, one that changed the mind of Richard Dawkins!  Read Dawkins’ comments here, along with a fascinating Q and A with Sam Harris.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues in the Separation of Church and State

    God & Government A Dangerous Mix signNov 14 2011: Roundtable Discussion: Current Issues in the Separation of Church and State

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

    You’ve no doubt noticed that some of the presidential candidates have strong religious ties…Rick Perry recently headlined a prayer meeting, flanked by members of the New Apostolic Reformation, who want to “take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus.” (See Terry Gross’ August interview with Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the political impact of the religious right, and also her October 3 interview with C. Peter Wagner, one of the New Apostolic Reformation’s leaders.) Meanwhile, in Louisiana, a high school student was ostracized after he requested that official prayer not be part of his graduation ceremony. Is the United States truly a secular democracy? Join us for a discussion of current issues in the separation of church and state.