Places to Live in Western MI
Posted: 05 May 2013 09:22 AM   [ Ignore ]
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After 30 yrs in the Washington DC area, my husband & I are considering moving back to western MI (his family is in the Grand Rapids area). We are both professors and are used to the usual liberal Eastern attitudes on social issues. As is the case with many of our friends here, we are atheists, Democrat/Independent, and have no kids, but we certainly have friends who do believe in a god or supernatural being, vote Republican and have children. We want to trade the traffic and congestion out east for closeness to family, great outdoors and an active lifestyle, but we want to be in a community that will still be diverse and tolerant of religious views (including atheism), political viewpoints, sexual orientation, etc. Any suggestions on (1) which communities might fit the parameters, (2) how to search for such a utopia, and (3) how to meet like-minded people would be much appreciated.

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Posted: 05 May 2013 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Amy33 - 05 May 2013 09:22 AM

After 30 yrs in the Washington DC area, my husband & I are considering moving back to western MI (his family is in the Grand Rapids area). We are both professors and are used to the usual liberal Eastern attitudes on social issues. As is the case with many of our friends here, we are atheists, Democrat/Independent, and have no kids, but we certainly have friends who do believe in a god or supernatural being, vote Republican and have children. We want to trade the traffic and congestion out east for closeness to family, great outdoors and an active lifestyle, but we want to be in a community that will still be diverse and tolerant of religious views (including atheism), political viewpoints, sexual orientation, etc. Any suggestions on (1) which communities might fit the parameters, (2) how to search for such a utopia, and (3) how to meet like-minded people would be much appreciated.

 

You might start by looking up places that  have active freethought groups.  Check out the websites of CFI, the American Humanist Association and Atheists United.  (see below) That would give you a hint about where groups of freethinkers live and congregate. A University town such as Ann Arbor might also be more to your liking.  Other than that, you might consider another area that has an active  community in place. Such as Minneapolis or Milwaukee. 

Many Unitarian Universalist Churches also have Freethought groups and programs (though not all do.)

Good luck.


Location for Center for Inquiry | Michigan 

Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Center for Inquiry | Southeast Michigan 
Various Locations - please see Southeast event listings for details. 
Email CFI | Southeast Michigan

Center for Inquiry | Grand Valley State University 
Meetings are held at Padnos 261, GVSU Allendale Campus, Allendale, MI 


Center for Inquiry | Aquinas College 

Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Center for Inquiry | Michigan State University 
Meetings are held in Room #119 (1st Floor), Psychology Building, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 


Here are three American Humanist Association groups.

  Humanist Association at Wayne State University *  Detroit   MI
  Grand Traverse Humanists   Suttons Bay   MI
  Universal Life Church of Kalamazoo 

Atheists United

Michigan Atheists is a statewide, open invitation organization with no membership application or dues required to participate. Over the years several thousand Atheists have added their names to our mailing list and support our efforts with donations and/or regularly attend our events if they are in the area.

Arlene Marie
State Director
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Phone: (313) 938-5960
P.O. Box 0025
Allen Park, MI 48101


1) Meet the First Sunday of every month at Denny’s in Plymouth Township for food, friendship, reports and announcements

2) Meet the Third Sunday of most months for dinner, friendship, reports, announcements and a speaker program.

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Posted: 05 May 2013 02:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Grand Rapids has one of the finest ‘local’ symphonies in the nation.

If memory serves, Saugatuck has a healthy gay community, so it’s possible that they’re pretty tolerant around there. I live on the east side, around Detroit, so I don’t really know that much about the population tendencies on the west side. They have some fantastic breweries on that side of the state, though, which indicates that the spots of extreme religious conservatism like Holland aren’t necessarily what they appear.

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