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

Upcoming Events…


eat-drink-merryMonday, August 24

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m...Pangea's...135 E. Front St, TC

Join us for dinner and conversation. Delicious pizzas, plus lots more! Wraps, soups, salads...all delicious. If the weather is nice, we can sit on the back deck. Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at

movie_night1Monday, August 31

The Humanism of Star Trek

7 p.m....home of Craig and Vicki Olsen, 1798 Fisher Road, Traverse City

On this fifth Monday of the month, we'll meet at the home of Craig and Vicki Olsen to view and discuss selected episodes of Star Trek and discuss its humanistic elements. Casual atmosphere; snacks welcome!

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

Boating/Camping on Power/Bassett Island

Our first-ever Humanist camping weekend! We'll be coordinating our boats to reach the island. More info coming.


MeaningHumanExistenceSunday, October 11

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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  • The Humanist Hour #165: Humanistic Considerations in the Digital Age, with Derek Ellington

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