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

StateTheatre.TCFF 

"Humanism in the Movies"

Our August talk will revolve around some of the movies at the Traverse City Film Festival. Try to see one or more of the following:

Fiction
The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Love at First Fight
When I Live My Life Over
Virgin Mountain
Wild Tales
Documentaries:
Wolf Pack
The Brainwashing of my Dad
Fear Not the Path of Truth

Upcoming Events…

 

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, July 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 Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.

eat-drink-merryMonday, July 27

Hungry Humanists at Slabtown Burgers

7 p.m....826 West Front St | Traverse City

Join us for dinner and conversation at Slabtown Burgers! Delicious vegetarian burger on the menu, too. Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

tandem.fiveSunday, August 2  

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.

diversity_rainbow_people Monday, August 10

Meeting at the Library: Humanism in the Movies

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

Join us for a talk by retired English professor Mark Gustafson. Mark will discuss humanism in the movies, with references in particular to the eight films mentioned above. See them if you can before the talk!

StateTheatre.TCFFMonday, August 17

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 librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.

eat-drink-merryMonday, August 24

Hungry Humanists

7 p.m...place TBD

Join us for dinner and conversation. Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

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 is humanistic elements. Casual atmosphere; snacks welcome!

EdGogolMonday, September 14

Meeting at the Library: Physician-Assisted Suicide

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

Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois (formerly Hemlock of Illinois), will speak on physician-assisted suicide. He is a member of Compassion and Choices and Death with Dignity. Join us for what is sure to be an interesting talk on a topic that involves us all.

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....place TBD

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