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July 16, 2013 > Local 'talk show' explores life and faith

Local 'talk show' explores life and faith

Submitted By Jan Breen

Everything from politics to prayer will be featured at a new weekly experience called Lifetree Cafe. This "conversational cafe" - meeting at City Beach in Fremont - is part of a network of locations that will offer participatory events related to life and faith.

The Lifetree Cafe experience is designed to include "stories and conversations to feed the soul," according to local director Bruce Stryd. The hour-long program will typically include a short original film and guided conversation directed by a local host. "It's sort of like a live, local talk show - with an inspirational twist," Stryd said.

Topics, which change weekly, focus on popular issues. Topics may include loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. Exclusive documentary-style films feature everyday people with unusual stories, as well as nationally known figures.

National Lifetree Cafe founder Thom Schultz said, "We engage people of all ages in a national conversation through local Lifetree Cafes as well as a robust online presence." The organization's website, Lifetree, invites visitors to participate online in the same topical conversations that occur each week at the live venues.

"Lifetree serves as a comfortable place to meet other people who are interested in the same issues," Schultz said. "The atmosphere resembles a warm, neighborhood coffee shop. The experience gives people practical help and insight on life issues, and provides a hopeful spiritual connection."

Schultz said, "We've found that 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 Cafe
July 16: UFOs (Chilling tales from the most abducted man)
July 23: Toxic Faith (When religion hurts)
July 30: Mental Illness (Breaking the silence, overcoming the shame)
7 p.m.

City Beach
4020 Technology Pl., Fremont
(510) 797-7910

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