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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

  • Meeting at the Library: Loreen Niewenhuis, Lake Walker

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists welcome author and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis. In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH. In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK, explores the entire Great Lakes system. Finally, in 2014, she launched off of the shoreline to visit many of the islands of the Great Lakes. In 2015 her book A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES ISLAND ADVENTURE was released.

    Loreen will take you to islands in each of the five Great Lakes and their connecting waters. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology of the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world and why there are tens of thousands of islands in the Great Lakes basin. She’ll reveal how these islands are diverse in both geological underpinnings and in the life forms existing on the islands. She will also explore some of the scientific research on the islands that she assisted with during her island odyssey. From the wolf-moose study on Isle Royale to the conservation of the endangered piping plover on the Manitou Islands, Niewenhuis will open your eyes and minds to the complexity of life on our Great Lakes islands.

    Loreen Niewenhuis has a M.S. degree in the biological sciences and a M.F.A. in writing. She raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.



  • G.T. Humanists Winter Sports Outing

    4813 N Indian Lake Rd., Traverse City
    Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists will meet to ski, snowshoe, or fat bike on the Vasa trail, leaving from Scott and Suzette Blair’s house nearby… meet back for cocoa after! RSVP to Scott at scott.blair@jacobs.com or text 231-313-7214.




  • Hungry Humanists: North Peak Brewing Co.

    400 West Front St., Traverse City
    Monday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists will gather to dine at Traverse City’s North Peak Brewing Company. Great food and great beer! Please RSVP to Scott at scott.blair@jacobs.com or text 231-313-7214.






  • Meeting at the Library: Deb Lake from American Waste

    Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avenue
    Monday, February 10, 7 p.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists present Deb Lake from American Waste with a talk on recycling in 2020. Learn all about the state of the recycling industry and American Waste’s part in it. What can be recycled these days? How should we prepare our recyclables? What happens to our recyclables when they leave the material recovery facility? It was recently announced that American Waste is being acquired by GFL Environmental: what does this mean for AW’s waste and recycling operations? These questions and more will be answered during a presentation that includes video of the recycling machines in action.

    Deb Lake is the Marketing Representative for American Waste. She conducts tours of their facility, gives public presentations, and manages their website and other communications.



  • Volunteering at Safe Harbor

    517 Wellington Street, Traverse City
    Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. to Thursday, February 13, 8:30 a.m.

    Grand Traverse Humanists are on the schedule to volunteer at Safe Harbor the evening of Wednesday, February 12 through the morning of Thursday, February 13. It’s not hard work, and it directly helps people in our community. Paid, trained staff members are on site the whole time to assist.

    To sign up, please email Scott Blair at scott.blair@jacobs.com, or text 231-313-7214. *UPDATE: We are now fully staffed. Thanks everyone!




  • G.T. Humanists Book Club: Here We Are

    7670 East Shore Road, Traverse City
    Sunday, February 16, 4 p.m.

    Join us at the home of Heather Kingham and Mark Elliott for a potluck and conversation about Aarti Shahani’s book “Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares,” featured recently at the National Writers Series. “Here We Are” is a heart-wrenching memoir about an immigrant family’s American Dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it back. 

    Heather and Mark will be providing Indian food from Taste of India restaurant!  Please RSVP to Heather by emailing heather.kingham@gmail.com, or texting 503-422-6515.