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 

Get inspired! Attend these epic events:

May 26-29  American Humanist Association's 75th Annual Conference...Chicago

Saturday, June 4  Reason Rally 2016...Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Events…

tandem.fiveSunday, May 1

GTH Bike Ride

11 a.m...Beulah to Frankfort

GTH bicyclists are branching out! For our first bike ride of the season, we'll be meeting at the train station in Beulah at 11 a.m. and riding to Frankfort for lunch! We anticipate arriving at the Bayview Grill, 727 Main St. in Frankfort, around 12:15 p.m. RSVP to Marlene Smith at In case of snowstorm, ride is cancelled. 😉

Monday, May 9

Meeting at the Library: Tim Keenan of Veterans for Peace...Naneek documentary short film and discussion

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

Join us for a viewing and discussion of Tim Keenan's documentary film “Naneek,” which chronicles his return to Vietnam forty years after his service in the Vietnam War. Now in his sixties, Tim returned to the country he equated with war and climbed the hill that had given him PTSD. He sat down with former enemy, reconnected with Vietnamese culture, and slowly felt a great weight being lifted. Following the film will be a question and answer period with Tim.

JustMercySunday, May 15

GTH Book Club

4 p.m....home of Chris Kuchuris and Mella McCormick

Join us for a discussion of Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Books are available for purchase at a discount through the GTH Book Club at Brilliant Books. To be added to our list there, and for directions and RSVP, contact Heather at

 StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, May 16

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, May 23

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....TBD

Join us for dinner out! Please RSVP to Heather at

Future the dates!

Monday, June 13: Highlights of the 75th American Humanist Association conference and Reason Rally

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

Monday, August 8: Bonnie Raines and film 1971

  • Hope Is What Remains
    April marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of Rush’s album 2112, described by Rolling Stone as the band’s “prog-rock magnum opus” and by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson as their “protest album.” It was reported earlier this year that Neil Peart, drummer for the Canadian rock trio, Rush, would retire from... Read more »
  • Rules Are for Schmucks: Islam vs. Toilet Paper
    It’s not the kind of headline you see every day: “Chef prepared curry after wiping bottom with his bare hands ‘for cultural reasons.’” If you’re not a traveler, the good news is that this particular chef isn’t located in the United States but in Swindon, England. The bad news is that... Read more »
  • Faith Without God
    I grew up with a Catholic mother and a humanist father. We went to church on Sundays, and I went to Sunday school as a child. My most vivid memory of that time was eating donuts after church—I guess I should have known religion wasn’t going to stick. I was baptized,... Read more »
  • Secularism the Scottish Way: What the US Can Learn from a Majority Non-Religious Country
    How can religion be discussed in a secular way? Do conversations about religion inherently promote a religious agenda, or can the topic of religion be neutral? These are difficult questions to answer, especially in particularly religious regions of the United States, where majority faiths all too often end up dominating conversations... Read more »
  • Jamie Raskin, Open Humanist, Wins Maryland Primary Election
    On April 26, Jamie Raskin, a member of the American Humanist Association and humanist candidate endorsed by the Freethought Equality Fund (FEF), won a very competitive race in a crowded field of candidates in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. In this heavily Democratic district, Raskin is expected to handily win the... Read more »
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