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 

White Wine in the Sun, by Tim Minchin...a wonderful holiday song! Happy Solstice, everyone!

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!




Winter-Solstice-2010-300x225Saturday, Dec 31

Solstice/New Year's party!

8 p.m....home of Mark and Heather, 7670 E Shore Rd

Join us for a party celebrating the solstice and New Year's Eve! Side dishes to pass are welcome (but not required). Celebrate the new year and the lengthening of days with friends both old and new. More info: 231-392-1215.

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.**

Upcoming Meetings

February 13: Peter Payette of IPR

March 6: OMG! The scientific perspective  *NOTE: FIRST Monday in March!**

April 10: Groundwork: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

May 8: Lake Invaders with William Rapai

June 12: Ed Brayton: Dispatches from the Culture Wars

  • True or False: Jeff Sessions Can’t Handle the Truth about the Constitution
    I feel like we’ve been thrown back into the 1950s. Despite his efforts to appear moderate in confirmation hearings this week, the nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), couldn’t help showing his complete disregard for humanists and the separation of church and state, to say nothing of his... Read more »
  • Is It Just Me, or Does Atheism Take Some of the Fun out of Watching Horror Films?
    Here we are again on another Friday the 13th—the day where the overly superstitious hunker down in their homes and the moderately apprehensive leerily navigate their way through the daily routine. It’s no secret that today is widely considered a day of bad luck in Western culture, and this never... Read more »
  • Humanists Join Women’s March on Washington
    Humanists support reproductive freedom, women’s rights, scientific integrity, and human rights for all. We can demonstrate our support for these values by actively participating in both local and national marches and parades. For example, many of the American Humanist Association’s chapters participate in their local, annual PRIDE parades, Martin Luther... Read more »
  • The Humanist Dilemma: A Secular Response to Sneezing
    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. Nothing To Sneeze At: Overlooking the fact that I’ve long wondered why there needs to be any response to a sneeze, superstitions are hilarious. I feel... Read more »
  • The Cartoon History of Humanism, Episode 49
    View all episodes in the Cartoon History of Humanism series. Prime Time Godlessness: Madalyn Murray O’Hair and the Rise of American Atheists We atheists have a fascinating habit of eating our elders. We huddle behind them during the bad times, letting them fight in our name and suffer the consequences, and... Read more »
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