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…

tandem.fiveSunday, Oct 9

GTH Bike Ride on Old Mission Peninsula

10:30 a.m....7670 E Shore Rd

Meet at the home of Mark and Heather, 7670 E Shore Rd, for a ride up Old Mission Peninsula. Lunch stop TBD. Contact Doug Moser with questions/RSVP: 231-946-7930.

MarkReimersMonday, Oct 10

Meeting at the Library: Dr. Mark Reimers on "Neuroscience and Humanism"

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

Join us for our first GTH meeting via Google Hangout! Dr. Mark Reimers professor at Michigan State University, will be joining us via the marvels of technology for a talk about neuroscience and humanism. There will be opportunities for questions and answers. Dr. Reimers was one of the presenters at the recent American Humanist Association conference in Chicago, and we were so impressed that we wanted to hear more.

 StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, Oct 17

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, Oct 23

GTH Book Club: An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's 8-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media

 4 p.m...home of Mella and Chris

Join us for a discussion of An Atheist in the FOXhole, by Joe Muto. Please email Mella at for directions and to RSVP.

eat-drink-merryMonday, Oct 24

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Thai Kitchen, 1133 W South Airport Rd

Join us for dinner out at TC's newest Thai Restaurant! RSVP to Marlene at

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  • The Humanist Dilemma
    Experiencing a humanist dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Humanist Dilemma at (subject line: Humanist Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Un-Ethical Dilemmas: This isn’t really a question for your column; rather, it’s a question about your column. I often turn to it before I read other stuff... Read more »
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    Last week we looked at the courageous chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights, Martin Castro. He displayed an unusual level of guts for a Washington bureaucrat by publishing a report telling it like it is about how religious privilege legal theories, going far past what’s provided in the... Read more »
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