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 

Crossed column in the Northern Express

Every month, the Northern Express publishes a column featuring our club president Scott Blair debating with Reverend Dr. William C. Meyers, senior pastor at Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. It's called Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate. Every month features a new topic; we hope you'll check it out!

Link to the latest column:


Is Intolerance Crushing Academic Openness?



Monday, July 16

Volunteer at the State Theatre

7:30 p.m....233 E Front St., 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, July 23

Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill

7 p.m... 5074 US 31 N, Acme

Hungry Humanists this month will be the Bay View Inn in Acme. Link to their menu: RSVP to Marlene at




Sunday, August 5

Grand Traverse Humanists Bike Ride

10:30 a.m., Betsie Valley Trail

All summer long, Grand Traverse Humanists host bike rides on the first Sunday of the month. This month, we'll bike the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort and back. Trail distance is about 18 miles round trip. The trail is a mix of paved/asphalt and some dirt/crushed limestone surface, so skinny-tired road bikes are not recommended. Meet at the train station in Beulah at 10:30; ride to Frankfort for lunch at Stormcloud Brewing Company (or stop in Elberta to eat at the Cabbage Shed if people prefer). RSVP to Marlene at

Monday, August 13

Meeting at the Library: Human Rights Activist Golam Rabbani

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

Golam Rabbani is a human rights activist from Bangladesh. Rabbani was a lawyer by profession in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He was involved in social work and has written columns for national daily newspapers. In Bangladesh, he ran for office, was harassed by police to the point of sustaining injuries including a broken arm and leg and has spent time in jail there. Fearful for his life, he and his family fled his country and now live in Traverse City.

Rabbani will speak to us about his own experience as a refugee. He'll also talk about the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority who are being persecuted in Myanmar (Burma), many of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh and live in deplorable conditions in refugee camps.


Friday, September 7 - Sunday, September 9

Power Island, West Grand Traverse Bay

Grand Traverse Humanists will host a camping outing on Power Island for the nights of September 7 and 8. We've done this trip two years now, and both times have been great successes! Several members have sailboats and power boats and can bring extra travelers with their gear -- let us know if you need a ride. Others kayak over to the island (sea kayaks with skirt recommended!). We'll organize meals for both evenings and breakfasts, but feel free to bring any snacks and beverages you'd like. Sure to be a great time!


Sunday, September 30

Book Club: Steven Pinker's "Enlightenment Now"

We'll meet at Gregg and Sue's house to discuss Steven Pinker's latest book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress." More information available here:

RSVP to Sue at


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