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.

January and February 2015 meetings at the Traverse City main library

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City


Come to the 74th AHA Annual Conference, May 7-10, 2015 in Denver, CO! They’ll be honoring the following individuals who’ve contributed to the humanist community.

Upcoming Events…

CarlGanterMonday, January 12

Meeting at Traverse City main library: Carl Ganter--"Water's Future: Around the Globe with Circle of Blue"

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

Join the Grand Traverse Humanists and Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter for a captivating journey around the world to the front lines of the most important story of our era: Water. A defining period of global competition for increasingly scarce resources is fast emerging, particularly at the intersection of water, food, and energy. Circle of Blue, based in Traverse City, is the world's leading news and science organization reporting this increasingly intense competition, from the coal mines of Inner Mongolia to California's Drought to the shores of Lake Erie where toxic algae blooms shutdown Toledo's water supply last summer. Ganter, an award-winning photojournalist and journalist, will provide insight about today's challenges... and a glimpse into water's future.

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, January 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 Heather at

HowJesusBecameGodSunday, January 25

Book Discussion: Historical Jesus...Bart Ehrman books and videos

4 p.m....home of Gregg and Sue McDonald, 8836 Wheeler Oaks, Williamsburg

In his latest book, New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.

The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

**Read any of Bart Ehrman's books on historical Jesus, or watch one of his lectures on youtube**

EatMonday, January 26

Hungry Humanists at Georgina's

7 p.m....Georgina's...236 E Front Street, Traverse City

Join us for dinner out at Georgina's in their new location across from the State Theatre (the old Phil's on Front). Georgina's serves a delicious blend of Asian fusion and Latin cuisine.

jacksegalMonday, February 9

Meeting at the Traverse City main library: Jack Segal on Middle East foreign policy

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

  • The Ethical Dilemma: Secular Healthcare

    Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Ethical Dilemma at (subject line: Ethical Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Secular Healthcare: I am a nursing student, about to graduate, and it’s time to apply for jobs. I have done so, but as of yet... Read more »

  • The Comics Section: Slander, Snow Recovery, Heaven Sounds Terrible

    Your favorites are back with all new comics: Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!              ... Read more »

  • Rules Are for Schmucks: Ominous Signs at the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on a small First Amendment case that should be more about free speech than about religion. There is a strong possibility, though, that the court may seize on this case to create yet another special legal privilege for the God industry —maybe... Read more »

  • The Reception of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

    The publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859 might aptly be described as a “revolution of evolution,” as it was an integral part of a larger debate. The scientific and religious communities of Darwin’s day had already been subjected to theories similar to Darwin’s natural selection... Read more »

  • What Is Religious Liberty? The Difference Between Holt and Hobby Lobby

    Many humanists are often concerned with questions of religious liberty. How can the freedom from religion, as well as the freedom of religion be protected? And what can we do about the abuses of “religious liberty,” especially when the concept is used to privilege certain religious groups at everyone else’s... Read more »

Humanism in the News...

  • Breaking: Michigan House Passes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill

    Michigan House Republicans just passed a religious “license to discriminate” bill, which would allow anyone to refuse service to anyone and claim their “religious beliefs” require them to discriminate. The Michigan House of Representatives, led by Speaker Jase Bolger (photo, above, left, with Gov. Rick Snyder,) just passed a bill that would allow discrimination to become sanction by the state. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, akin to one that made nationwide headlines in Arizona but was vetoed, appears […]


        (Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2014)—Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to officials at East Gurnsey Local Schools in Old Washington, Ohio, and at Buckeye Trail High School in Lore City, Ohio, on behalf of a student who was threatened with punishment when he exercised his right to refrain from participating in the school’s daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The student, a sophomore who wishes to […]


    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014)—The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center applauds the Madison County School Board in Danielsville, Georgia, for deciding to modify a sculpture located at the Madison High School football stadium that prominently displays biblical references and Christian scripture. “No public school should be promoting the majority religion,” said David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “We are pleased that the school board has decided to respect the […]

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