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…

pollinatorsMonday, Dec 12

Meeting at the Library: Pollinators

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

Join us for a talk exploring the fascinating world of pollinators! Learn what plants attract pollinators…what they need to maintain their health…what dangers are threatening our bee and butterfly populations. Cyndie Bobier-Roach, founder and director of the Grand Traverse Butterfly House and Bug Zoo, will give the presentation and be on hand to answer questions.

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, Dec 19

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

eat-drink-merryHungry Humanists

Hungry Humanists will be on hiatus in December...enjoy the holidays!




police-communityTuesday, January 10       **Note: TUESDAY MEETING**

Meeting at the Library: Building Harmonious Police -- Community Relationships in Traverse City

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


Join us for a presentation by Traverse City Police Chief Jeffrey O’Brien, focusing on police--community relations. Chief O'Brien will discuss how our local police officers build rapport with citizens, how citizens can effectively share concerns with the police department, and what citizens can do to demonstrate strong support for our police department. **Please note that our monthly meeting at the library will be on a Tuesday this month.**

  • Journalism in a Post-Fact Trump Era
    Democracy depends upon an educated citizenry. Implicit in the concept of a government in which the will of the people directs policy, law, and leadership is the notion that citizens participate in the political process as rational, informed actors. Unfortunately, this ideal of democracy doesn’t always play out, as people... Read more »
  • The Cartoon History of Humanism, Episode 48: Woman Manufactured: Simone de Beauvoir’s Subject and Objects
    On July 30, 1943, a woman named Marie-Louise Giraud was guillotined in France. She had performed over two dozen abortions, and according to a 1942 law aimed at repopulating the country, abortion was a crime against the state punishable by death. Though the law would be repealed upon France’s liberation,... Read more »
  • The Humanist Hour #220: Bob Minor, Be-Asia McKerracher, and JT Eberhard at Skeptics of Oz
    Download an audio file of this podcast. Note: We’re currently resolving an issue that may prevent this podcast from being available in iTunes. A few weeks ago, our own Peggy Knudtson attended the Skeptics of Oz conference in Wichita, Kansas. She brought us back some interviews to enjoy, with Robert Minor on... Read more »
  • Belonging in America: Helping Young Muslim “In-Betweeners”
    Upon returning to campus following a brief Thanksgiving break, Ohio State University students were subjected to an attack, the fourteenth terrorist or terrorism-related attack this year in the United States. While the only fatality was the attacker himself, a troubling connection emerged between this attack and the Boston Marathon bombings... Read more »
  • Abortion Rights in a Post-Roe v. Wade World
    Abortion is not a new practice, but before the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that granted women the legal right to abortion, women endured dangerous circumstances and expensive measures to terminate pregnancies. Obtaining an abortion before Roe v. Wade could mean traveling to another country, forking... Read more »
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