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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!

Please note: MEETINGS AT THE LIBRARY ARE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD. We are meeting outside in person when possible, and on Zoom as schedules allow. Check the Upcoming Events below for details

In Memorium:

In the last six months, four of our fellow Grand Traverse Humanists have died. We are saddened by the loss of Ed Rom, Walter Foote, Mark Gustafson, and Gordon Grimm. Let us remember them well.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.



  • Hungry Humanists: Minerva’s

    Minerva’s Restaurant, 300 E. State St., Traverse City
    Monday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

    The fourth Monday of most months, Grand Traverse Humanists meet to eat at a local restaurant. This month, we’ll gather at Minerva’s Restaurant in the Park Place Hotel. Please RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com. Hope you can join us!




  • Meeting at the Library: Bill Rapai on the Kirtland’s Warbler

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

    Grand Traverse Humanists present Bill Rapai with a talk called “The Kirtland’s Warbler: From the brink of extinction to a secure future.”
    In October 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially removed the Kirtland’s Warbler from the Endangered Species List. Ironically, even though the warbler’s population is healthy and sustainable at about 5,000 individuals, humans will still need to intervene on its behalf to ensure its survival for as far as we can see into the future. Learn about the fascinating history of this iconic species, recent breakthroughs in knowledge, new ways of approaching Kirtland’s Warbler conservation, and the challenges that need to be overcome as we move forward.

    Bill Rapai is chair and acting executive director of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance. He has traveled across North America and to Cuba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Iceland, Europe and Asia to view and research birds. He was an award-winning reporter and editor for the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, the Detroit Free Press, and the Boston Globe and is the author of three books.


  • Meeting at the Library: Isiah Smith on Patriotism

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

    Grand Traverse Humanists present Isiah Smith with a talk examining patriotism through the lens of history and music, using personal anecdotes and social commentary.

    Historically, patriotism has been used as both a shield and a cudgel by more than a few politicians and aspiring politicians. But what does it really mean? Can patriotism be fairly defined? Does it require blind fealty to an ideal that may or may not actually exist? This presentation will attempt to answer those and other vexing questions.



  • Hungry Humanists: Poppycocks

    128 E. Front St., Traverse City
    Monday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for dinner out! Meet at Poppycocks at 6:30 p.m. for a delicious meal with friends both old and new. RSVP to Heather at heather.kingham@gmail.com or by texting 503-422-6515.





  • Humanist Movie Night: The Great Hack

    Sunday, November 24, 4 p.m. at Linnaea’s house

    For our next Humanist movie night, we’ll gather at the home of Linnaea Melcarek to watch the documentary “The Great Hack,” about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal. We’ll share a potluck dinner, so bring whatever you like (or just yourself)! Email Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com to get the address. Please RSVP by email even if you know the address, because seating is limited.