Grand Traverse Humanists
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Grand Traverse Humanists

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 

Crossed column in the Northern Express...

GTH vice president Scott Blair represents the Humanist viewpoint!

Click here for Scott's first column (page 23), and check the first Northern Express of each month for further columns.

Upcoming Events…


Monday, July 24

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m...West End Tavern, 12719 S W Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at the West End Tavern! This new establishment is in the location of the former Scott's Harbor Grill, with outside dining options available overlooking beautiful West Bay and the nearby marina. RSVP to Marlene at 

Sunday, August 6

Bike Ride...Beulah to Frankfort

11 at train station 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).

Monday, August 14

Meeting at the Library: Secular Buddhism with speaker Jeremy Beahan

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

Join us for a talk on secular Buddhism by former Reasonable Doubts podcast host Jeremy Beahan. More details coming soon.


Monday, August 21

Volunteer at the State Theatre

7:30 - 10:30 p.m...State Theatre, 233 E Front Street, Traverse City

The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at

Sunday, August 20

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 EverythingDetails on our Book Club page. RSVP to Mella  for directions/more information at


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


September 8-10

Hearty Humanists Camping Expedition

Power Island...details coming soon. Three sites are reserved, and we'll be boating over! Contact person: Scott



Monday, October 2  *Note: October meeting will be the FIRST Monday of the month*

Meeting at the Library: Susan Odgers...The Power of Neighbors

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

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