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
Come to the 74th AHA Annual Conference, May 7-10, 2015 in Denver, CO! They’ll be honoring the following individuals who’ve contributed to the humanist community.
- Lawrence Krauss, Humanist of the Year
- Jean Kilbourne, Humanist Heroine
- Marci Hamilton, Religious Liberty Award
- The Onion, Humanist Media Award
7 p.m....128 E Front St, Traverse City
Join us for dinner and conversation at Poppycock's downtown! Please RSVP to Heather Kingham at email@example.com.
Citizens' Climate Lobby: "Carbon Fee & Dividend Legislation: How a Price on Carbon can Catalyze the Transition away Fossil Fuels"
7 p.m....610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (Traverse Area Main Library)
Please join Elizabeth (Lisa) Del Buono MD, co-leader of the Northern Michigan chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, to discuss how Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation can catalyze the transition away from fossil fuels while creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Learn more about how Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-partisan grass roots advocacy group focused on creating the political will for a livable world, educates and empowers each of us as citizens to take action.
As a mother, Lisa is concerned about potential impacts of climate change on future generations. Given the urgent need to transition quickly away from fossil fuels, she is convinced that carbon fee and dividend legislation is the best approach to catalyze the transition and buy us time to address more systemic problems. She believes that Citizens Climate Lobby has a unique model to empower the citizen to create the political will to make this change. She has trained as a Climate Reality Presenter and has been a co-leader with the Northern Michigan Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby since it began in March of 2013."
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.
Round Table Discussion: Secular Community...including update from the American Humanist Association conference
7 p.m....610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City
PZ Myers! Author of The Happy Atheist
7 p.m....610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (TC Main Library)
- Film Review: Going Clear, HBO’s Documentary on Scientology
My favorite line from Casablanca is uttered by Captain Renault, exclaiming that he is “shocked—shocked—to find that gambling is going on in here!” right before a casino employee hands him his winnings. The makers of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, shown on HBO last Sunday, are equally shocked... Read more »
- Freedom to Discriminate: How “Religious Liberty” Bills Hurt Us All
Last week, humanists were outraged when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill that would, among other things, allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples looking to get married. Hopefully, pressure from numerous large companies to boycott the state as a result of the legislation will encourage government officials... Read more »
- Book Review: Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Religion When You’re Not Religious
Relax, It’s Just God (released today by Brown Paper Press) is a thought-provoking entry in the expanding category of secular parenting advice. It was written by Wendy Thomas Russell, an award-winning journalist who many will recognize as the brains behind Patheos’s Natural Wonderers parenting blog. Relax, It’s Just God includes Russell’s... Read more »
- Book Review: The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest
The story of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal has been in the headlines for almost two decades, but few have taken on the challenge of writing about it in fiction. Gregory Alexander’s novel The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest is the story of a pedophile priest... Read more »
- Why Humanists Are Still Misunderstood: CNN’s Documentary on Atheists in America
Last Tuesday’s CNN special was a forty-five minute feature on atheists in America that advertised itself as an exposé of “how the other side lives” (they referred to atheists by “the ‘A’ word”). Yet disappointingly, but expectedly, the program did not go in any real depth about the complexity or... Read more »
Humanism in the News...
Breaking: Michigan House Passes Religious ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill
5 Dec 2014
Michigan House Republicans just passed a religious “license to discriminate” bill, which would allow anyone to refuse service to anyone and claim their “religious beliefs” require them to discriminate. The Michigan House of Representatives, led by Speaker Jase Bolger (photo, above, left, with Gov. Rick Snyder,) just passed a bill that would allow discrimination to become sanction by the state. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, akin to one that made nationwide headlines in Arizona but was vetoed, appears […]
OHIO STUDENT SITS OUT PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, TOLD HE WILL BE PUNISHED
20 Oct 2014
(Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2014)—Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to officials at East Gurnsey Local Schools in Old Washington, Ohio, and at Buckeye Trail High School in Lore City, Ohio, on behalf of a student who was threatened with punishment when he exercised his right to refrain from participating in the school’s daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The student, a sophomore who wishes to […]
CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURE ON SCHOOL MONUMENT WILL BE REMOVED, SAYS GEORGIA SCHOOL BOARD
20 Oct 2014
(Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014)—The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center applauds the Madison County School Board in Danielsville, Georgia, for deciding to modify a sculpture located at the Madison High School football stadium that prominently displays biblical references and Christian scripture. “No public school should be promoting the majority religion,” said David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “We are pleased that the school board has decided to respect the […]
Michigan Secular Associations
- American Atheists
- American Ethical Union
- Americans United
- British Humanist Asscociation
- Council For Secular Humanism
- First Amendment Center
- Foundation Beyond Belief
- Freedom From Religion Foundation
- How Secular Humanists Develop Ethics
- International Humanist and Ethical Union
- James Randi Educational Foundation
- Michael Shermer
- Recovering From Religion
- Secular Coaliton for America
- Secular News Daily
- Secular Student Alliance
- Stiefel Freethought Foundation
- The Continuum of Humanist Education
- The Humanist Institute
- The Institute for Humanist Studies
- The Richard Dawkins Foundation
- Freethought Blogs
- Friendly Atheist
- Greta Christina's Blog
- Sam Harris
- The Panda's Thumb
- Tina Dupuy