LEWISTON — Everything from politics to prayer will be featured at a weekly experience called Lifetree Cafe.

This “conversation cafe,” located at 1919 South Lisbon Road, is part of a national network of locations that offer participatory events related to life and faith.

The Lifetree Cafe experience is a scheduled hour of “stories and conversations to feed the soul,” according to local director Travis Burleigh. The hour typically includes a short original film and guided conversation. A local host directs the hour. “It’s sort of like a live, local talk show — with an inspirational twist,” Burleigh said.

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. The 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, LifetreeCafe.com, 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.”

The cafe will be offered at its new time, 8:30 a.m., every Sunday beginning May 6. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to Burleigh at 207-783-3316 or [email protected]


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