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 program, titled “The Art of Listening: An Act of Love” features a film of NPR’s StoryCorps founder, David Isay. StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.
“It’s an important moment in people’s lives to have someone who matters ask who they are, what they’ve learned, and how they want to be remembered,” says Isay.
Participants will discover practical tools for connecting deeply with others.
The program, titled “Miracles or Mere Coincidences? Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” features a filmed interview with Robin Alm, a woman who believes a miracle occurred in her life.
“There’s no way what happened could have happened without God being involved,” says Alm. “I absolutely believe miracles happen today.”
During the program participants will have an opportunity to share miracles they believe have occurred in their own lives.
The program, titled “When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Understanding,” features filmed interviews with psychologist Kelly Breen Boyce and with Cheryl Eresman, who describes her experiences with panic attacks.
“When you have a panic attack, you think you’re dying,” says Eresman. “People who have never had one have no idea what it’s like.”
During the program, Lifetree participants will gain greater understanding and get practical tools for dealing with anxiety and panic.