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 Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC 

Click below for an interview by Conatus News with Grand Traverse Humanists vice-president Scott Blair:

Upcoming Events…

eat-drink-merryMonday, Feb 27

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US-31, Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Red Mesa Grill! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at, or text 503-422-6515.


 Monday, March 6       **Note:  FIRST MONDAY of the MONTH**

Meeting at the Library: GMO? OMG!

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


Join us for a presentation by our own Mark Elliott and guest Kevin Query, currently immersed in agricultural studies downstate. Get the scientific perspective on genetically modified organisms. Sure to be a lively discussion!

Saturday, March 18


7 p.m....Incredible Mo's, N US 31 in Grawn

Join us for bowling, pizza, and fun! Three lanes have been reserved at Incredible Mo's. Shoe rental is $3 and it's $4.25 per game. RSVP to Vicki at

Monday, March 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 Heather at

Upcoming Meetings

April 10: Groundwork: TC to Ann Arbor Rail

May 8: Lake Invaders with William Rapai

June 12: Ed Brayton: Dispatches from the Culture Wars

  • Will NASA’s New Discovery Be the Key to Finding Extraterrestrial Life?
    This week NASA released news of an astounding discovery—a solar system that may harbor the right conditions for life as we know it. The system is named TRAPPIST-1, not after those monks in Belgium who brew beer, but after the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope used to detect it.... Read more »
  • The Wall We Support: Local and National Humanist Groups Help Bolster the Wall between Church and State
    People who are attracted to humanism tend to have a strong interest in social and political activism. As it says in Humanist Manifesto III, “We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain that it is a civic duty... Read more »
  • The Humanist Dilemma: Does Avoiding People I Don’t Want to Befriend Make Me a Bad Person?
    Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Ethical Dilemma at (subject line: Ethical Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Feeling Unfriendly: Sometimes I make the acquaintance of people I can tell want to become friends but they seem so needy I avoid getting involved... Read more »
  • Rules Are for Schmucks: A Lesson from Basketball
    Kayla Martel, age ten, wanted to play basketball, just as she’d been doing the past four years for her St. John’s school team in New Jersey. Until the day, that is, when the God experts at the Archdiocese of Newark discovered that—oh my God!—she’s a girl. Playing with yet another... Read more »
  • The Cartoon History of Humanism, Episode 51
    View all episodes in the Cartoon History of Humanism series. Barbara Ehrenreich and Liberalism’s Cyclical Self Sabotage Two years ago it might have seemed that Barbara Ehrenreich’s writings could be safely consigned to the archives as brilliant but no longer relevant illustrations of the problems with America that was. Then came... Read more »
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