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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

  • Humanist Paddle on the Cedar River

    8957 Kasson St., Cedar
    Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as we paddle the beautiful Cedar River, aka Victoria Creek! This is an easy trip appropriate for all skill levels. You can use a kayak or canoe, but not tubes (they’re too slow). Paddle boards would be acceptable, but you may not be able to keep up with those with kayaks/canoes.

    The river has no current, so this will be an out and back paddle. No shuttle required, as we’ll paddle out and return the same way. It will be up to participants to decide how far they want to go. If you paddle all the way to Lake Leelanau and back, it’s a 7.2 mile round trip. Those who make it to Lake Leelanau will be able to take a short side trip to a “secret” lake!

    This river runs through the Leelanau Conservancy’s Cedar River Preserve. More info here: https://leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/cedar-river-natural-area/

    We’ll meet at the launch site at 11 AM. The launch is in Cedar in a parking lot off Kasson St. (the main street going through Cedar). On the north side of the river, turn into the parking lot with the American Waste recycling dumpsters. More info at our Facebook event posting: https://www.facebook.com/events/2340724672808344/

    Email Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com to RSVP. Hope to see you on the river! 

  • Meeting at the Library: Ross Hammersley

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists present environmental attorney Ross Hammersley, who will talk about the major state and regional environmental issues of the past several decades, as well as current issues.

    Ross is a partner with the Traverse City firm Olson, Bzdok & Howard, specializing in environmental, real estate, and municipal law. He assists clients with land use & zoning matters; natural resource conservation; wetlands regulations; water law & riparian disputes; municipal law & local governmental matters; real estate and corporate transactions; condominium associations; nonprofit organizations; energy policy and utilities regulations; oil & gas leasing, extraction, and transmission issues; and the rehabilitation of contaminated Brownfield properties. Ross’ practice involves litigation, appeals, and administrative hearings throughout the state, as well as mediation, negotiations, and transactional matters.

  • Humanist Book Club: Sapiens

    May 19, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Mark and Heather’s house, 7670 E. Shore Rd., Traverse City

    We’ll gather at a location to be determined to discuss Yuval Noah Harari’s book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.” We’ll share a potluck dinner as well. RSVP to Heather at 503-422-6515.

    More information about the book can be found on our Book Club page here:

  • Humanist Movie Night: Smallfoot

    7670 East Shore Rd., Traverse City
    Sunday, April 21, 4:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m.

    NOTE UPDATED DATE! Easter Sunday!

    Join us for popcorn, Junior Mints, and a surprisingly Humanist-oriented animated musical comedy adventure film: Smallfoot! RSVP to Heather by texting 503-422-6515.

  • Meeting at the Library: Cherryland Electric Co-op

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, April 8, 7 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they present “Cherryland Electric Cooperative 101.” Come learn about a local/regional power utility company and what makes it — as a cooperative — different from other utility companies. Tony Anderson, Cherryland’s General Manager, will shed light on this area as well offer a brief history of the Cooperative, and key energy issues of our day.

    Tony Anderson has been the General Manager of CEC since early 2003 and has been in the electric cooperative business for more than 35 years. He’s involved in numerous civic activities, and has completed 43 marathons, many of them fund-raisers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NW Michigan.

    The program is free and open to the public.

  • Meeting at the Library: SAIL Champion Program

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, March 11, 7 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a presentation on the history of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and the role of SAIL Champion in our community. SAIL Champion is a nonprofit that brings together sailing, history and community to build the capacity for resilience of youths affected by challenging circumstances. Maritime Heritage Alliance vice president and founding member Rich Brauer will talk about the MHA’s history, and outreach coordinator Anne Donn will share how Sail Champion came to serve the Grand Traverse region and where the program is going today. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City.