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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

Upcoming Events

  • Hungry Humanists: Red Mesa Grill

    Eat Drink and be Merry
    Monday, February 26 2018

    Hungry Humanists: 7 p.m….Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US 31 North, 1/2 mile east of the State Park

    Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.


  • Meeting at the Library: Darwin Day Celebration!

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    Monday, February 12 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Darwin Day Celebration!

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

    Come celebrate Darwin Day with the Grand Traverse Humanists! We’ll be screening “The Genius of Charles Darwin: Life, Darwin & Everything,” a BBC documentary written and hosted by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

    Darwin Day falls on Charles Darwin’s birthday, so of course there will be evolution-themed birthday cupcakes!


  • Meeting at the Library: “The Case for Biological Evolution”

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    Monday, January 8 2018

    Meeting at the Library: “The Case for Biological Evolution”…Marlene Smith

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

    Join us for a talk by GTH Board member Marlene Smith entitled “The Case for Biological Evolution: Natural Selection and Beyond.” This presentation reviews the scientific evidence developed over the past two centuries supporting the theory of biological evolution. Hope to see you there!


  • 10-Year-Anniversary Celebration of Grand Traverse Humanists!

    Celebrating 10 YearsSaturday, December 9 2017

    10-Year-Anniversary Celebration of Grand Traverse Humanists!

    7 p.m….7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

    Celebrate ten years of Grand Traverse Humanists’ existence! Come reminisce with GTH friends if you were there, or learn of our storied past if you were not 😉 Snacks and libations provided; dishes to pass welcome but not required. We’ll have some memorabilia around. Contact Heather if you have something to bring for GTH history! 503-422-6515 or heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.


  • Volunteer at Safe Harbor

    Safe Harbor logoMonday, December 11 2017

    Volunteer at Safe Harbor

    517 Wellington St., Traverse City

    Help our fellow humans experiencing homelessness by providing food, shelter, and hope. Safe Harbor rotated from church to church during the winter months in the past; this year, the program will operate out of its own building at 517 Wellington. The UU congregation will be staffing the building for the week of Dec 9-16…GTH will help out by handling the night of Dec 11. For more information, see gtsafeharbor.org….if interested in volunteering, contact Heather at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org, or call (503) 422-6515.


  • Meeting at the Library: “The Ottawa – A River Reborn” documentary and Q&A with filmmaker

    Ottawa - A River Reborn
    Monday, November 13 2017

    Meeting at the Library: “The Ottaway – A River Reborn” documentary and Q & A with filmmaker

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

    How will the decisions we make today impact the future of our Planet 100 years from now?

    Few people today ask that question and even fewer asked that question 100 years ago when they used and abused the Boardman River to “benefit humanity”.

    The one-hour documentary, “The Ottaway – A River Reborn,” explores the history and future of humanity’s relationship with the Boardman River. Through the hearts of minds of various stakeholders, a story unfolds about the challenges of turning back the hands of time by removing the three upper dams and modifying a fourth to once again connect the river with the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. This film weaves together Native values, the complexity of a changing society, and the unspoken voices of nature’s population of “environmental citizen’s” whose lives are interwoven with… the rebirth of the Ottaway.