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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

What’s New

  • Meeting at the Library: Mark Gustafson

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    Monday, May 14 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Mark Gustafson

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
    Former literature instructor and Grand Traverse Humanists member Mark Gustafson will present a program on Humanism in Literature.

    Mark Gustafson was a teacher of literature and composition at Muskegon Community College for 25 years and also taught literature at Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Over his years of teaching, he discovered that many of the themes in the books he used in class were humanistic in nature. Mark will talk about some of these books and how they influenced his beliefs about God and religion.


  • Do Atheists Pray?

    Scott Blair
    Crossed column in the Northern Express

    Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It’s called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you’ll check it out!

    Link to the latest column: 
    https://www.northernexpress.com/news/opinion/do-atheists-pray/


  • Book Club: Herb Silverman’s “Candidate Without a Prayer”

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    RESCHEDULED due to weather
    Wednesday, April 18 2018

    Book Club: Herb Silverman’s “Candidate Without a Prayer”

    6 p.m at Mark and Heather’s house, 7670 E. Shore Rd., Traverse City.

    Following our visit from atheist activist Herb Silverman, we’ll discuss his book “Candidate Without a Prayer.” In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. Equal parts Bertrand Russell, Woody Allen, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, he takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God’s existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America’s secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.

    More information available here: GT Humanists Book Club


  • Meeting at the Library: Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association

    Roy Spechardt
    Monday, April 9 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists are excited to present American Humanist Association executive director Roy Speckhardt! Speckhardt will give a talk that will follow the outline of his book Creating Change Through Humanism published by Humanist Press. He will explore the modern state of humanism, what it means, the history of humanism, and what’s in store for our forward-thinking outlook. With its emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, humanism can be at the forefront of pressing social issues.

    Speckhardt is a frequent media commentator, having appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others. He also writes a regular column for The Huffington Post, and has given speeches at colleges, conferences, and local humanist groups across the country.

    Speckhardt serves on the board of the Humanist Institute and the advisory board of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. He is also a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. He previously served as deputy director of The Interfaith Alliance and worked for various other politically progressive nonprofits.


  • Can We Choose Our Beliefs?

    Scott Blair
    Crossed column in the Northern Express

    Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It’s called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you’ll check it out!

    Link to the latest column:
    https://www.northernexpress.com/news/opinion/can-we-choose-our-beliefs/