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
Join us for the Grand Traverse Humanists' first-ever boating/camping weekend to Power/Basset Island! We will boat from TC Friday, September 25...spend the weekend...boat back Sunday, September 27. Community breakfasts and dinners will be arranged by GTH...bring snacks/lunch. Don't have a boat? No problem! We can arrange a ride. Click below for details!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearty Humanists Island Excursion
Our first-ever Humanist camping weekend! We'll be coordinating our boats to reach the Power/Bassett Island Friday night, returning on Sunday. GTH will organize breakfasts and dinners...bring snacks/lunch on your own. RSVP to Scott Blair email@example.com 231-313-7214 with the answers to the following: Your envisioned stay (one or two nights)? Do you have a boat or shall we line you up with a boat and captain?
7 p.m....Red Mesa Grill 1544 US 31 North, 1/2 mile east of the State Park
Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- What’s the Cure for Blindness Based on Ignorance?
Scientists have long suspected that research using embryonic stem cells could lead to new, more effective treatments and cures for a myriad of diseases, from deafness to paralysis, and studies using stem cells in rodents have had promising results. Now, doctors in the United Kingdom are taking steps to determine... Read more »
- Rules Are for Schmucks: The Cruel Fiction of Annulment
One of the legitimate complaints about Pope Francis is that he talks a good game, but has actually done almost nothing in his two-and-a-half years in office to change Catholic doctrines or practices. That complaint lost a lot of validity last month, when he decreed what the Vatican calls the... Read more »
- Art and Humanism: Sculptor Robin Carter’s Humanist Inspirations
I am a big proponent of skepticism. In fact, I think everyone should be a skeptic—pretending to know something that cannot be proven is problematic. When people lean on these unproven beliefs as a source of authority, people without these beliefs are harmed and the progress of humanity is stopped... Read more »
- The Humanist Hour #171: Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe, with Antony Lowenstein
Click to download an audio file of this podcast. In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with author and journalist Antony Lowenstein about his latest book, Disaster Capitalism, dealing with a broken political system in need of fixing. Antony Loewenstein is an Australian independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian and blogger. He has written... Read more »
- Politics is not a Game, Trump is not the Host: Dismissing Radical Politics is as Dangerous as Endorsing Them
Lack of empathy is endemic in the modern Republican party; some might argue that it’s, in fact, a completely foundational aspect of their politics. Immigrants, foreigners, gays and lesbians, blacks, women, atheists, Muslims, liberals—the GOP doesn’t have ideas, they have scapegoats. And the profound inability—or refusal—to identify with the struggles... Read more »
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