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…

**postponed one week due to illness**

Sunday, Feb 19

Book Club discussion: Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) by Stephen Prothero

11 a.m....home of Jill and Bradley (RSVP for address and directions)

In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win. RSVP to Bradley Chaplin at for directions/more information. Head to the sleigh ride after!

Sunday, Feb 19

Sleigh Ride!

1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m., Black Horse Farm...11177 S Plowman Rd, Empire

One and 1/2 hour ride in the beautiful wooded landscape of Leelanau County. Sleigh holds 12 people. Please contact Vicki to reserve your space: or call 231-943-1761. $15.00 per Adult/ $10.00 per Child (age 4-12)

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, Feb 20

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-merryMonday, Feb 27

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US-31, Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Red Mesa Grill! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at


 Monday, March 6       **Note:  FIRST MONDAY of the MONTH**

Meeting at the Library: GMO? OMG!

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


Join us for a presentation by our own Mark Elliott and guest Kevin Query, currently immersed in agricultural studies downstate. Get the scientific perspective on genetically modified organisms. Sure to be a lively discussion!

Upcoming Meetings

April 10: Groundwork: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

May 8: Lake Invaders with William Rapai

June 12: Ed Brayton: Dispatches from the Culture Wars

  • Rules Are for Schmucks: A Lesson from Basketball
    Kayla Martel, age ten, wanted to play basketball, just as she’d been doing the past four years for her St. John’s school team in New Jersey. Until the day, that is, when the God experts at the Archdiocese of Newark discovered that—oh my God!—she’s a girl. Playing with yet another... Read more »
  • The Cartoon History of Humanism, Episode 51
    View all episodes in the Cartoon History of Humanism series. Barbara Ehrenreich and Liberalism’s Cyclical Self Sabotage Two years ago it might have seemed that Barbara Ehrenreich’s writings could be safely consigned to the archives as brilliant but no longer relevant illustrations of the problems with America that was. Then came... Read more »
  • Blacks Do Atheism: Coming to an HBCU Near You
    I remember the isolation I endured when I began to scrutinize my religious faith and when curiosity inevitably led me to apostasy. I was mainly closeted, as virtually everyone I knew was religious, and “atheism” at that point in time was too strong a term for me to embrace. It took... Read more »
  • Hey Milo, “You’re Fired”
    Milo Yiannopoulos, a key figure of the alt-right, white nationalist, anti-Semitic “news” site Breitbart, came under intense fire as a result of comments that recently surfaced where he seemingly defends pedophilia. Yiannopoulos consistently denies that he’s a hateful individual, but he often uses a tactic of broadcasting his disdain for an... Read more »
  • Stop Telling Artists They Shouldn’t Be Political!
    Since President Trump’s inauguration, many Americans have been vociferously speaking out against each and every regressive move he’s made. Protests are constant, and none of us can escape political posts on our social media feeds. Included in this bevy of outspoken, outraged Americans are many famous actors and musicians, much... Read more »
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