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…

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....Northpeak

Join us for dinner out! Please RSVP to Marlene 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

  • The Ethical Dilemma: Preaching to the Choir
    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. Preaching To The Choir: My daughter is in the high school choir. Yesterday they performed a concert, and to my disappointment, the song my daughter’s... Read more »
  • Rise of the Party of Nones
    In an article published at Slate last week, Ruth Graham speculates how the Christian Left could be poised to help Democrats take the mantle from the Republicans as the party of God. The mantra that the United States is a Christian nation has been uttered in various incantations starting with... Read more »
  • Meet the Intern: Arthur Wesley
    Get to know one of our Summer 2016 interns, Arthur Wesley! He will be interning in the communications department at the American Humanist Association. What is your educational and work background? Wesley: I’m a senior at George Mason University, where I study English and web design. When I’m not in... Read more »
  • The Humanist Hour #196: HB2, The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act
    Click to download an audio file of this podcast. Of all the recent “religious freedom” legislation passed around the country, perhaps none is so restrictive as North Carolina’s “Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation... Read more »
  • No Man’s Sky: Vastness and Humanism Inhabit a Video Game
    According to the World Health Organization, in 2013 the average life expectancy of a person born in Japan was eighty-four years—the highest in the world.  If, somehow, a child was born in Tokyo in June of 2016, with the cognitive and physical ability to play No Man’s Sky—the latest and... Read more »
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