What we're about

The Grand Rapids Freethinkers offers a place where those who are already freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and skeptics can find others who share a secular humanist outlook and interests. We also serve as an educational resource for those just beginning to explore secularism, freethought and atheism. The group serves as a place to discuss ideas, books, videos and lots of other things. We also explore ways to make freethinkers more visible and active in the community. Finally, we seek ways to confront and respond to the encroachment of religion in our politics, schools and government.

Our current community efforts include volunteer activities with the Grand Rapids Food Bank/Food shelf, and participation in the annual toy packing effort to provide toys to children in families with limited financial resources during the holiday season. We also participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program and take responsibility for a two mile section of Hwy 169 east of Grand Rapids in the spring and fall. Each year we raise money to support the Boys and Girls Club of the North. This money is used to cover the membership fee of $10 per year for the children of families who have limited financial resources. Some of our members also volunteer their help with the children at the middle school where activities and meals are provided both during the school year and during the summer. We are seeking additional ideas for both fund raising and worthwhile community activities.

Those who should consider joining include both those who identify as secular humanists plus those who want to learn more about these topics and get support as they explore their own thoughts and feelings about religion and humanism.

Upcoming events (5+)

Our monthly meeting

Grand Rapids Public Library

We meet at the library in the large community meeting room on the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Typically we have a very brief discussion of various group activities coming up, decisions made by the informal planning group and other topics members may bring up. There is always time for socializing with other members. If you are on our email list, you will get a reminder about the meeting, the agenda if any, and a description of the planned topic or presentation for the meeting.

GRAF Weekly Meetup

Forest Lake Restaurant & Lounge

Conversation, discussion and laughs. Another move, this time to the Forest Lake restaurant across the street from Toivo’s. Tuesday night is a really slow night at Toivo’s and we have learned that they really want to close early during the winter months. So we will head to the Forest Lake where they stay open longer than we can stay as customers. A bit noisier than Toivo’s, but we can handle that.

GRAF Weekly Meetup

Forest Lake Restaurant & Lounge

Conversation, discussion and laughs. Another move, this time to the Forest Lake restaurant across the street from Toivo’s. Tuesday night is a really slow night at Toivo’s and we have learned that they really want to close early during the winter months. So we will head to the Forest Lake where they stay open longer than we can stay as customers. A bit noisier than Toivo’s, but we can handle that.

GRAF Weekly Meetup

Forest Lake Restaurant & Lounge

Conversation, discussion and laughs. Another move, this time to the Forest Lake restaurant across the street from Toivo’s. Tuesday night is a really slow night at Toivo’s and we have learned that they really want to close early during the winter months. So we will head to the Forest Lake where they stay open longer than we can stay as customers. A bit noisier than Toivo’s, but we can handle that.

Past events (587)

GRAF Weekly Meetup

Forest Lake Restaurant & Lounge

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