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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

  • 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).


  • Hungry Humanists: Bayview Inn Bar & Grill

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    Monday, August 28

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Bayview Inn Bar & Grill, 5074 US-31, Traverse City

    Join us for dinner and conversation at the Bayview Inn, right on the TART Trail and across from beautiful East Bay. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com

  • Book Discussion: The Nordic Theory of Everything, by Anu Partanen

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    Sunday, August 20 2017

    Book Discussion: The Nordic Theory of Everything, by Anu Partanen

    Home of Mella and Chris; 4 p.m.

    Join us for snacks and a discussion of Anu Partanen’s book The Nordic Theory of Everything. Details on our Book Club page. RSVP to Mella for directions/more information at mccormick@nmc.edu

  • Meeting at the Library: Speaker Jeremy Beahan

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    Monday, August 14 2017

    Meeting at the Library: Speaker Jeremy Beahan…What Can Modern Secular Humanists Possibly Learn from Ancient Buddhists?

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI

    Quite a bit, actually. Early Buddhist doctrines regarding the nature of reality, causation and persons are surprisingly compatible with a naturalistic worldview. Many Non-Theists who long for a spiritual tradition they can identify with have found inspiration in secularized forms of Buddhist ethics and mental discipline.

    Find out more as we explore Buddhist scriptures, philosophy and practice from the emerging perspective of Secular Buddhism.

    About the Speaker
    Jeremy Beahan teaches classes in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Kendall College of Art and Design/Ferris State University. Jeremy was also a co-host and producer for the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show. He has been an active member of the Freethought Association (now CFI Michigan) since 2002.