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

Join us for the Grand Traverse Humanists' first-ever boating/camping weekend to Power/Basset Island! We will boat from TC Friday, September 25...spend the weekend...boat back Sunday, September 27. Community breakfasts and dinners will be arranged by GTH...bring snacks/lunch. Don't have a boat? No problem! We can arrange a ride. Click below for details!

Hearty Humanist Island Excursion

Upcoming Events…


tandem.fiveSunday, September 13  

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.

EdGogolMonday, September 14

Meeting at the Library: Aid in Dying: The Ultimate Human Right

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

Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois (formerly Hemlock of Illinois) will discuss the movement for death with dignity, and in particular the laws in Oregon and four other states which allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults to choose a hastened death.  Mr. Gogol is a member of Compassion & Choices, the Death With Dignity National Center, and Final Exit Network.  Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting talk on a topic that involves us all.

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, September 21

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

Power Island 1September 25-27

Hearty Humanists Island Excursion

Our first-ever Humanist camping weekend! We'll be coordinating our boats to reach the Power/Bassett Island Friday night, returning on Sunday. GTH will organize breakfasts and dinners...bring snacks/lunch on your own. RSVP to Scott Blair 231-313-7214 with the answers to the following: Your envisioned stay (one or two nights)? Do you have a boat or shall we line you up with a boat and captain?

eat-drink-merryMonday, September 28

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Red Mesa Grill 1544 US 31 North, 1/2 mile east of the State Park

Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Heather at


MeaningHumanExistenceSunday, October 25 * note date change*

Book Club: The Meaning of Human Existence by E. O. Wilson

4 p.m....home of Gregg and Sue McDonald, 8836 Wheeler Oaks Dr., Williamsburg

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