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.
Book Discussion: The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers
4 p.m....home of Mark Elliott and Heather Kingham, 7670 E Shore Rd., TC
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Film Review: Mad Max—A Two-Hour Chase Scene That Could Change Action Movies Forever
If you haven’t seen the latest iteration of Mad Max stop reading right now, walk out of work, get in your car, and race to the nearest theater. Trust me, it’s worth the angry phone calls from your boss and the panicked looks from fellow motorists as you drift by... Read more »
- The Ethical Dilemma: Will My Husband Ever Evolve?
Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Ethical Dilemma at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Ethical Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Will My Husband Ever Evolve? I am not easily persuaded when there’s no science or logic involved, and I’ve been an evolution enthusiast all my... Read more »
- The Comics Section: Farewell to The Bad Chemicals
Sad news: The Bad Chemicals is no more! We salute cartoonist Brent C. for all his great work and feature one of his final comics. ... Read more »
- Gloria Steinem and Other Women Activists Cross the North-South Korean Border for Peace
This past Sunday, on International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, a group of thirty women activists from fifteen different countries, WomenCrossDMZ, crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) starting from Pyongyang, North Korea into South Korea to call attention to the still-in-place Korean War Armistice Agreement that has put a pause... Read more »
- Rules Are for Schmucks: RFRA Bares its Christian Fangs
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was originally presented to the world as being content-neutral. It wasn’t supposed to favor any one religion over another; it allowed practitioners of all different varieties of religion the freedom to ignore laws at will whenever God tells them to. In fact, the original... Read more »
Michigan Secular Associations
- American Atheists
- American Ethical Union
- Americans United
- British Humanist Asscociation
- Council For Secular Humanism
- First Amendment Center
- Foundation Beyond Belief
- Freedom From Religion Foundation
- How Secular Humanists Develop Ethics
- International Humanist and Ethical Union
- James Randi Educational Foundation
- Michael Shermer
- Recovering From Religion
- Secular Coaliton for America
- Secular News Daily
- Secular Student Alliance
- Stiefel Freethought Foundation
- The Continuum of Humanist Education
- The Humanist Institute
- The Institute for Humanist Studies
- The Richard Dawkins Foundation
- Freethought Blogs
- Friendly Atheist
- Greta Christina's Blog
- Sam Harris
- The Panda's Thumb
- Tina Dupuy