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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!

Upcoming Events

  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: Diving Great Lakes Shipwrecks

    Monday, October 10, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Traverse City resident Chris Roxburgh is a scuba diver and underwater photographer, known for the beautiful images and videos he takes of Great Lakes shipwrecks. Join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 10, at the Woodmere branch of the Traverse Area District Library for a presentation from Chris on these shipwrecks and stories of our maritime history. 


  • Hungry Humanists: Pangea’s Pizza

    CANCELLED due to inclement weather

    Monday, September 26, 6 p.m.
    135 E. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet at Pangea’s Pizza for tasty food and great conversation!





  • Humanist Bike Ride to Suttons Bay

    Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m.
    Darrow Park
    1025 Bay St., Traverse City

    We’ll gather at Darrow Park in Traverse City at 11 AM, then bike up the Leelanau Trail to Suttons Bay to have lunch, then bike back.
    There’s always the option to take the BATA bus back to TC if you don’t want to bike both ways.





  • G.T. Humanist Book Club: Immune

    Sunday, September 18, 4 p.m.
    Mark and Heather’s house…7670 E Shore Rd, TC

    We’ll discuss the book “Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive,” by Philipp Dettmer. It’s a timely read and an opportunity to learn more about our human defense system during our recent and ongoing challenges with Covid and other pathogens.

    Description from Amazon: “NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell

    You wake up and feel a tickle in your throat. Your head hurts. You’re mildly annoyed as you get the kids ready for school and dress for work yourself. Meanwhile, an epic war is being fought, just below your skin. Millions are fighting and dying for you to be able to complain as you head out the door. But most of us never really stop to ask: What even is our immune system? Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.

    Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.

    Enlivened by engaging full-color graphics and immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects—immunology—into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.”



  • Hungry Humanists: West End Tavern

    Monday, August 29, 6 p.m.
    12719 SW Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City

    Come dine with the Grand Traverse Humanists at the West End Tavern in Traverse City! Please contact Leigh at lawietsma@gmail.com to RSVP.


  • G.T. Humanists Meeting: E3

    Monday, September 12, 6 p.m.
    Traverse Area District Library
    610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will welcome Marshall Collins and Courtney Wiggins, co-founders of the Northern Michigan Community Based Non-Profit Organization E3, along with other members. The mission of the organization is to be an anti-racism taskforce to help make our community an area that celebrates and welcome diversity and shares in equality for all residents and visitors. The presenters will address actions taken to meet the goals of E3 (Educate, Engage and Elevate):

    ~Engaging Local Law Enforcement, Businesses and Government Agencies to think more progressively to create a welcoming environment for all

    ~Educating both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) members and white members so that they can better connect within the larger community

    ~Provide healing for members of the BIPOC community

    ~Provide residents with tools to better understand racial justice to elevate all members of the community

    The presentation will be followed by a Q and A.