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


Come to the 74th AHA Annual Conference, May 7-10, 2015 in Denver, CO! They’ll be honoring the following individuals who’ve contributed to the humanist community.

Upcoming Events…


carbon_emissionsMonday, April 13

Citizens' Climate Lobby: "Carbon Fee & Dividend Legislation: How a Price on Carbon can Catalyze the Transition away Fossil Fuels"

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

Please join Elizabeth (Lisa) Del Buono MD, co-leader of the Northern Michigan chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, to discuss how Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation can catalyze the transition away from fossil fuels while creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Learn more about how Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-partisan grass roots advocacy group focused on creating the political will for a livable world, educates and empowers each of us as citizens to take action.

Lisa Del Buono is a physician and a mother who lives and works in Traverse City. She went to medical school in her home state of Kentucky followed by a residency, fellowship, and short tenure as assistant professor at the University of Michigan. 

As a mother, Lisa is concerned about potential impacts of climate change on future generations. Given the urgent need to transition quickly away from fossil fuels, she is convinced that carbon fee and dividend legislation is the best approach to catalyze the transition and buy us time to address more systemic problems. She believes that Citizens Climate Lobby has a unique model to empower the citizen to create the political will to make this change. She has trained as a Climate Reality Presenter and has been a co-leader with the Northern Michigan Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby since it began in March of 2013."

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, April 20

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, April 27

Hungry Humanists at Harrington's By the Bay

7 p.m....13890 S W Bayshore Drive | Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Harrington's By the Bay! Please RSVP to Karen Gredlein at


GTH_logo_final.pngroundtable2Monday, May 11

Round Table Discussion: Secular Community...including update from the American Humanist Association conference

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


PZMyersMonday, June 8

PZ Myers! Author of The Happy Atheist

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

Humanism in the News...

  • Breaking: Michigan House Passes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill

    Michigan House Republicans just passed a religious “license to discriminate” bill, which would allow anyone to refuse service to anyone and claim their “religious beliefs” require them to discriminate. The Michigan House of Representatives, led by Speaker Jase Bolger (photo, above, left, with Gov. Rick Snyder,) just passed a bill that would allow discrimination to become sanction by the state. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, akin to one that made nationwide headlines in Arizona but was vetoed, appears […]


        (Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2014)—Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to officials at East Gurnsey Local Schools in Old Washington, Ohio, and at Buckeye Trail High School in Lore City, Ohio, on behalf of a student who was threatened with punishment when he exercised his right to refrain from participating in the school’s daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The student, a sophomore who wishes to […]


    (Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014)—The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center applauds the Madison County School Board in Danielsville, Georgia, for deciding to modify a sculpture located at the Madison High School football stadium that prominently displays biblical references and Christian scripture. “No public school should be promoting the majority religion,” said David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “We are pleased that the school board has decided to respect the […]

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