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 City main library

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City


Summer Solstice Party

Saturday, June 20...4 p.m.

Home of Heather Kingham and Mark Elliott...7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

Join us for a gathering to celebrate the longest day of the year! We'll have the grill going and some things to put on it. Bring a dish to pass if you feel inspired...welcome, but not required. The very brave can go for the first dip of the year in the bay. :-)

Upcoming Events…


 HappyAtheistSunday, May 31

Book Discussion: The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers

4 p.m....home of Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham, 7670 E Shore Rd., TC


tandem.fiveSunday, June 7

Humanist Bike Ride

10 a.m....Darrow Park to Suttons Bay

Join us for a bike ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay, where we will indulge in a nice brunch as a reward. :-) Then bike back, or take the Bata bus if you're feeling like digesting your meal in peace and comfort. 17 miles each way. Meet at 10 a.m. at Darrow Park in Traverse City. There is parking along the side of the road. You can text Heather with any questions...503-422-6515.

PZMyersMonday, June 8

PZ Myers!

7 p.m....610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (TC Main Library)


PZ Myers is an American scientist and associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morriss. He is founder and co-author of the Pharyngula science blog, hosted on both the Science Blogs and Freethought Blogs networks. He currently works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and cultivates an interest in cephalopods.

In 2006, the journal Nature listed his Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist.

Myers received the American Humanist Association's 2009 Humanist of the Year award and International Humanist Award in 2011. Asteroid 153298 Paulmyers is named in his honor.

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, June 15

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


SummerSolsticeSaturday, June 20

Summer Solstice Party!

4 p.m....home of Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham, 7670 E Shore Rd., Traverse City

Join us for an afternoon barbecue and evening beach bonfire to celebrate the summer solstice with friends, both old and new! Dishes to pass are welcome but not required.

eat-drink-merryMonday, June 29

Hungry Humanists at Amical

7 p.m....229 E Front St | Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Amical! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at

JHRogersObservatoryMonday, July 13

GTH Meeting at the J. H. Rogers Observatory

7 p.m....1753 Birmley Rd, Traverse City

Join us for a very special evening at the J. H. Rogers Observatory. We will have a talk by Bob Moler of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, followed by pizza and soda and then a viewing of the night sky with the telescopes in the observatory. Please note, we are not meeting at the library this month...this is in place of our regular meeting at the library.

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