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 

Click below for an interview by Conatus News with Grand Traverse Humanists vice-president Scott Blair:

Upcoming Events…

eat-drink-merryMonday, March 27

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Sleder's, 717 Randolph, Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Sleder's! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at, or text 503-422-6515.

Sunday, April 9

Book Club...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 for directions.

 Monday, April 10

Meeting at the Library: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

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

Join us for a presentation by Groundwork's Jim Bruckbauer with an update on plans for the TC to Ann Arbor Rail, as well as other things in the works at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

Monday, April 17

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 Heather at

Monday, April 24

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Peegeo's, 525 High Lake Rd., TC

Join us for dinner and conversation at Peegeo's! Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at

Upcoming Meetings

May 8: Lake Invaders with William Rapai

June 12: Ed Brayton: Dispatches from the Culture Wars

  • Humanist Women in History: Marie Curie
    March is Women’s History Month in the United States, the UK, and Australia. In commemoration we bring you the final installment in our five-part Humanist Women in History series. The first installment profiled Shirley Chisholm, the second Frances Fox Piven, and the third was about Priscilla Robertson. Last week we profiled Lisa Kalvelage... Read more »
  • The Moral Spectrum: When Freedom’s Just Another Word for Comfortable Homogeneity
    My youth in rural Missouri was a slice of Americana. It was filled with the distinct sound of gravel crunching under truck tires as we tore down dusty roads. It was bucking hay in the summer, playing football in the fall, and chopping wood in the winter. It was George... Read more »
  • Father John Misty, the Voice of a Reluctant Generation
    I really don’t want to like Father John Misty. The enigmatic folk singer’s beard, skinny jeans, and gravitas punch you in the face with a “hipster Brooklynite” aura. You would expect Misty to gauge the “hoppiness” of craft beer and the quality of self-rolled cigarettes, Nietzsche, and flannel shirts, but... Read more »
  • A Dose of Dopamine, Round 2: More Good News from around the World
    We’re back by popular demand with the next installment of “A Dose of Dopamine.” In case you missed round one, I wrote about NASA’s incredible work on a limited budget, a Chinese farmer who finally got his law degree after sixteen years and then won a lawsuit against a powerful... Read more »
  • Book Review: The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation
    In The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation,  Randall Fuller gives a well-researched and well-written account on the effect Charles Darwin’s views had on the course of American philosophy. What it doesn’t do nearly as well, despite its title, is explore the effect On... Read more »
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