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 

Upcoming Events…

PlannedParenthoodMonday, February 8

Meeting at the Library: Planned Parenthood

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

Join Carrie Ullery-Smith, education specialist at Planned Parenthood of North and Western Michigan, for a talk about what they really do at Planned Parenthood: the services they offer, their education programs, stories from people they serve. She will also talk about why it is important for these services to exist within our community and throughout our county – with a focus on unintended (especially teen) pregnancy rates and the toll they have on the individual, the child and our economy. She will also discuss how vital it is that children have access to comprehensive sex education, that includes their parents talking about sex with them at home.

 StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, February 15

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 Marlene at

bowlingSaturday, February 20

GTH Bowling Night

8 p.m....Lucky Jack's, 1705 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City


Join us for bowling fun at Lucky Jack's on Garfield Ave. (near South Airport). RSVP to Craig Olsen at Note start time is 8 p.m.

eat-drink-merryMonday, February 22

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Agave Mexican Grill

Join us for dinner out! Please RSVP to Marlene at

Future the dates!

Monday, April 11: Chef Ali Lopez

Monday, May 9: Tim Keenan of Veterans for Peace

Monday, July 11: Cara Ocobock...How Not to Die in the Wild

Monday, August 8: Bonnie Raines and film 1971

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