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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

  • Reason Rally a Roaring Success!

    Reason Rally crowdReason Rally a Roaring Success!
    Tens of thousands of rational people rallied in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 24, for the largest gathering of secular people in world history! The message was clear: we’re here, we’re secular, get used to it! (to borrow the turn of a phrase). Through a very soggy day, we stood resolute…nay, enthusiastic!…committed to science, reason, critical thinking, and the absolute separation of church and state. Singers, scientists, philosophers, and comedians flowed in a seamless procession on and off the stage with a message of support for secular ideals, encouragement to “come out of the closet,” and excitement for our growing momentum. For more on the rally, see the article below in “Humanism in the News.”

  • Smart Commute Week in Traverse City

    Smart Commute Week in Traverse City June 4-9 2012

    Smart Commute logoFrom The Affirmations of Humanism…“We want to protect and enhance the earth…preserve it for future generations…”

    Smart Commute Week is an annual week-long celebration of smart commuting that takes place the first full week in June. During Smart Commute Week an exciting, energizing, cool and noticeable transformation in transportation takes place in Traverse City and beyond of people getting around without their individual automobiles. Smart Commute Week’s critical mass and safety in numbers makes it a perfect opportunity for people to give smart commuting a try. In addition to encouraging new smart commuters, the purpose of the Week is also about gathering to celebrate the community’s year-round veteran smart commuters and infrastructure improvements to provide more safe, connected and accessible active transportation.

    Enjoy free breakfasts at locations around Traverse City every morning if you ride your bicycle! Click here for more information.

  • Scott Blair Speaks at Etcetera on “Knowledge, Reason, Faith, and the Search for Truth”

    Scott Blair Speaks at Etcetera on “Knowledge, Reason, Faith, and the Search for Truth.”

    April 26 saw the first meeting of Traverse City’s “Street Level Philosophy” group, Etcetera, at the Good Work Collective on Union Street. Featured on the panel were Grand Traverse Humanist board member Scott Blair and parkour specialist Levi Meeuwenberg, with Anthony Weber moderating. Scott began the evening with an excellent summation of why reason and dispassionate inquiry are the best tools to discover what is true, as opposed to faith. Click here to see the session on youtube. Etcetera is planning to meet once a month for civil discourse on a variety of topics. It was an interesting evening!

  • Meeting at the History Center: Roundtable Discussion “The Face of the Secular Movement”

    June 11 2012: Meeting at the History Center: Roundtable Discussion “The Face of the Secular Movement”

    7 p.m…History Center of Traverse City (322 Sixth St.; the old library)

    The Reason Rally was comprised of a great diversity of people…young, old, black, white, brown, male, female, military civilian, etc. There was also a diversity in the manner of presentation of ideas…some more edgy and confrontational, others more focused on building bridges and celebrating commonalities. Is it important how we present ourselves? Who is considered the “face of the movement” today, and how are they perceived? How can we best continue the momentum of the Reason Rally, both nationally and more locally…how can we promote rational thought in our own community? Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.

  • American Humanists Association Annual Convention

    Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham are attending the 71st annual American Humanist Association conference in New Orleans this weekend. (Our group is a chapter of this national organization.) The conference begins tomorrow…check back here for news and updates!

  • Special Gathering for End-of-Life Planning

    Sun Leaf imageApril 30 2012: Special Gathering for End-of-Life Planning

    7 p.m…History Center of Traverse City (322 Sixth St.; the old library)

    At our December meetings we discuss end-of-life issues, from green burial to hospice care to secular celebrations in place of religious funerals. Everyone agrees it is best to plan ahead and discuss one’s wishes with friends and family members. Our presenters from Munson Hospice last December were impressed that we have put together notebooks to assist in this planning (thank you, Larry Dean)…but the less impressive reality is that few of us have actually filled out the information in these notebooks or really put some thought into how we would like our end-of-life celebrations to proceed. Here is your opportunity to change all that, in an atmosphere of collaborative fun. Bring your notebook (free to members, or available for purchase by non-members) and let’s do some planning. Ideas for secular poems, songs, and readings are welcome.