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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

  • 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!

  • 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.