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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

  • Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Why Atheism is Not Enough

    Monday, June 12 2017

    Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Why Atheism is Not Enough

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

    Join us for a presentation by Ed Brayton, former comedian and current author of the Patheos blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Thoughts from the Interface of Science, Religion, Law, and Culture. Ed will make an impassioned plea for the need to focus on Humanist principles such as service to others and the fight for equality and justice.

    About Ed…After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head.

    He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.


  • Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Dispatches from the Culture Wars

    Monday, June 12 2017

    Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton…Dispatches from the Culture Wars

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

    Join us for a presentation by Ed Brayton, author of the Patheos blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Thoughts from the Interface of Science, Religion, Law, and Culture. 

    About Ed…After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head.

    He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Book Discussion: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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    Sunday, May 7 2017

    GTH Book Club

    11 a.m….home of Bradley and Jill

    Join us for a discussion and potluck brunch featuring the new release from the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu…The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. RSVP to Bradley Chaplin at bradleychaplin@att.net for directions.


  • Hungry Humanists: Silver Swan

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, May 22 2017

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Silver Swan, 13692 S W Bay Shore Dr, TC

    Join us for dinner and conversation at Silver Swan! Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.

  • Monday, May 8 2017 Meeting at the Library: Lake Invaders

    Monday, May 8 2017

    Meeting at the Library: Lake Invaders

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

    Join us for a presentation by William Rapai, author of  Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes. There are over 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes, and most are innocuous…but a handful of them are conducting an all-out assault on the Great Lakes and winning the battle (sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish). Mr. Rapai sounds a call to action and makes a strong case for what is at stake; examining the environmental, economical, and politic issues at stake in a balanced, lively, and accessible way.

  • Book Club Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

    Hillbilly Elegy book coverSunday, April 9 2017

    Book Club Discussion…Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    11 a.m….home of Marlene and Isiah Smith

    Join us for a discussion of J.D. Vance’s best-selling and illuminating book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com for directions.