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…

Monday, May 22

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....Right Brain Brewery,225 E Sixteenth St, TC

Join us for dinner and conversation at Right Brain! Delicious craft brews and light dinner fare. Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at

Sunday, June 4

GTH Bike Ride

11 a.m.  Darrow Park

Join us for a ride up the TART trail to Suttons Bay, where we'll stop for refreshments...then bike back or take the BATA bus home. Contact person TBD...stay tuned.

Monday, June 12

Meeting at the Library: Ed Brayton...Dispatches from the Culture Wars

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

Join us for a presentation by Ed Brayton, author of the Patheos blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Thoughts from the Interface of Science, Religion, Law, and Culture. 

About Ed...After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head.

He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Monday, June 19

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

Monday, June 26

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m....TBD

Join us for dinner and conversation! Please RSVP to Marlene Smith at

Upcoming Meetings

August 14: Jeremy Beahan: Secular Buddhism

  • On the Hill: AHA Works to Introduce International Religious Freedom Legislation
    While Congress remains bitterly divided along partisan lines on many of the public policy issues facing the American people—tax reform, health care, and education reform to name a few—the American Humanist Association was able to work with both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to introduce a new resolution this... Read more »
  • The Humanist Dilemma: Is It Intolerant Not To Tolerate Intolerance?
    Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Humanist Dilemma at (subject line: Humanist Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Drawing the Line at Demons: Being open-minded to other people’s beliefs is genuinely important to me. That’s part of being a humanist, in my mind. But... Read more »
  • The Comics Section: Glory, Credibility, & Autocracy
    Your favorites from Jesus and Mo, Raging Pencils, and the Cagle Cartoons!              ... Read more »
  • Terror in Our Hearts
    “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know….” Koran 8:60 It has happened again. This time... Read more »
  • Rules Are for Schmucks: The Great Kosher Cheese Caper
    Shills for organized religion never tire of demanding that government avoid meddling in their affairs. Since they deal directly with God, they are seriously annoyed when a mere mortal, especially a politician appointed by other mere mortals, presumes to tell them what to do. A couple of years ago, for... Read more »
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