What is LifeTree Cafe?
The Lifetree Café experience is a scheduled hour of “stories and conversations to feed the soul,”. The hour typically includes a short original film and guided conversation.
Everything from politics to prayer will be featured at a new weekly experience called Lifetree Café. This “conversation café” is part of a national network of locations that offer participatory events related to life and faith.
Topics, which change weekly, focus on popular life issues. Topics may include such things as loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. Lifetree serves as a comfortable place to meet other people who are interested in the same issues. The experience gives people practical help and insight on life issues, and provides a hopeful spiritual connection.
We believe people today want to participate in the conversation. It’s not enough to simply hear someone lecture on an important topic. People want to share their thoughts, ask questions, and tell their own stories. Lifetree offers a safe place and time to do that.
Lifetree Café will be offered at 6:30pm every Wednesday, starting on September 12. Admission to the 60-minute events is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Come early from 5:15pm to 6:00pm and join us for a community dinner for the whole family! Childcare and children's programming is available from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.
The dangers of medical mistakes will be discussed at Lifetree Café on October 10 at 6:30pm.
The program, titled “Doctor Danger: What Every Patient Needs to Know,” features a filmed interview with Dr. Martin Makary, a cancer surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.
“There are lots of things hospitals don’t tell you,” says Makary. “As many as 25 percent of patients are harmed by medical mistakes. It’s an epidemic, and it kills more people than HIV and car accidents combined.”
The program, titled “Life’s Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness,” features a filmed interview with Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.
“There’s a certain kind of positive thinking that actually has the opposite effect,” says Burkeman, who debunks common myths about what leads to happiness.
How ancient practices can help us connect with God will be discussed at Lifetree Café.
The program, titled “Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us Today,” features a short film depicting how various groups and individuals have tried to grow spiritually.
“Spirituality isn’t new,” says Lifetree national director Craig Cable. “There’s a lot to learn from people who have come before us.”
Lifetree participants will explore how ancient practices might benefit their own spiritual lives.
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(LifeTree Cafe will resume next Wednesday with "Bouncing Back: Turning disasters into opportunities"
Strategies for coping with difficult times will be shared at Lifetree Café.
The program, titled “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters Into Opportunities,” features a screening of the award-winning short film Dancing Outside the Box. The film features Ray Leight, whose near-fatal motorcycle accident left him permanently in a wheelchair.
“You’re 20 years old and think you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. The next thing you know, tubes are sticking out of you, and doctors are telling you they know how you feel. Let me take a baseball bat to you—then you’ll know how I feel,” Leight said.
Leight’s months of depression turned toward hope when a friend invited him to attend a ballroom dancing class.
Participants in the Lifetree program will explore how to overcome the challenges in their lives by applying the principles Leight has learned.
Those who have served in the military will be honored at Lifetree Café.
The program, titled “Saluting Those Who Serve,” features a screening of the award-winning short film Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen. The film includes interviews with surviving airmen and shares the story of their struggle, as black Americans, to serve their country as pilots during World War II.
“At this program we’ll honor both veterans and those currently serving in the military,” says Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This is a chance to thank the men and women who serve as well as their families.”
Whether the Bible is real, reliable, and relevant will be discussed at Lifetree Café.
The Lifetree event, titled “The Bible: Real? Relevant? Reliable?” features a filmed interview with Eugene Peterson, author of the best-selling The Message.
“The Bible forms the basis of many of our laws and is constantly quoted,” says Lifetree Café representative Craig Cable. “Yet many people wonder about its true authority and if it still matters.”