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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

  • 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.


  • Book Discussion: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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    Sunday, November 42…er, 19 2017

    Book Discussion: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

    Home of Linnaea Melcarek; 4 p.m.

    Join us for snacks and a discussion of Douglas Adams’ classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details coming soon on our Book Club page.

    RSVP to Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com

  • Hungry Humanists

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    Monday, November 27 2017

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….place TBD
    Join us for dinner and conversation. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com


  • Hungry Humanists: Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse

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    Monday, October 23 2017

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, 2576 Crossing Circle,Traverse City (near BAM, Books a Million)

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse (vegetarian options available, too). RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com


  • Bike Ride: Beulah to Frankfort

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    Sunday, August 6 2017

    Bike Ride…Beulah to Frankfort

    11 a.m….meet at the village park in Beulah

    Ride from Beulah to Frankfort for lunch! 20 miles round trip…a beautiful trip along a former railroad track by the Betsie River (nice and flat 🙂 ) Please RSVP to Mark at 231-392-1215 (text or call).