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 

Happy Thanksgiving!

What to do if you're asked to say "grace" before the meal? Here's an idea from the Red Bank Humanists. For more Thanksgiving "non-prayers," click here.

"As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. We reap the fruits of our society, our country, and our civilization, and take joy in the bounties of nature on this happy occasion. Let us also wish that, some day, all people on Earth may enjoy the same good fortune that we share."

Upcoming Events…

WalkOffStuffingHikeSaturday, November 28

"Walk Off the Stuffing" Hike

2 p.m....Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N Long Lake Rd

Join us for a post-Thanksgiving hike, our second annual "Walk Off the Stuffing" excursion to the beautiful Twin Lakes Park! Meet at the parking lot at 2 p.m. The hike is about two miles, with one steep hill at the beginning. RSVP to Vicki

bowlingMonday, November 30

Bowling at Lucky Jack's

7 p.m....1705 S. Garfield, Traverse City

It's time for some holiday bowling! Scores will be tabulated for use in selecting our GTH Bowling Team. JUST KIDDING! Come and have fun. :-) Bowling shoes are $2.50; each game is $3.95 per person. RSVP to Sue

jeff-haas-mugMonday, December 14

Meeting at the Library: Jeff Haas

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


Winter-Solstice-2010-300x225Saturday, December 19

GTH Winter Solstice Party

7 p.m....home of Mark and Heather, 7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City


StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, December 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

primates.memoirSunday, January 24, 2016

GTH Book Club...Discussion of A Primate's Memoir, by Robert Sapolsky


  • Celebrating with Turkeys: An Alternate Thanksgiving Experience
    Traditionally, Thanksgiving is perceived as a time of gratitude. As we reflect on what we are grateful for, we must also reflect on the violence in our traditions. There are many ways to acknowledge Thanksgiving and avoid participating in violence—whether it is by cooking a plant-based meal, sponsoring a rescued... Read more »
  • The Humanist Hour #178: Dr. Abby Hafer on Unintelligent Design
    Click to download an audio file of this podcast. In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with Dr. Abby Hafer live, in studio, about her new book, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. Dr. Hafer is a speaker, writer, and humorist who particularly loves taking... Read more »
  • Eight Reasons Darwin Almost Didn’t Board the HMS Beagle
    For Charles Darwin, it was an invitation from his former Cambridge mentor J.S. Henslow that would change his life. Up until that time, Darwin had been given nothing more than what his uncle Josiah Wedgwood described as “an enlarged curiosity,” a phrase that may or may not have been a... Read more »
  • Poetry: “The Skeletons of Dreams” by Philip Appleman
    On this date–November 24–in 1859 Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, was published. Its full title was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In honor of this anniversary, we’re pleased to reprint Philip Appleman’s... Read more »
  • Book Excerpt: The Myths that Stole Christmas
    We all secretly know that Christmas isn’t wholly good cheer, but David Kyle Johnson is brave enough to say it. The Myths that Stole Christmas debunks the biggest misconceptions about America’s most popular holiday and dares readers to take it back and make the season their own! Now available (including extensive footnotes... Read more »
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