A new coffeehouse-type program offers weekly conversation about on topics relating to “life and faith.” The Lifetree Cafe is a free, hour-long event with refreshments and informal discussions with others, all hosted by Zion United Methodist Church in West Manchester Township at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Tonight’s topic is the peacemaking work of Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea” — the story of his work to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. An interview with Mortenson will be shown and discussed.
Last month, the Denver Post featured the Lifetree model, which is generally configured with tables of four where folks sit for an hour and discuss the night’s topic:
Topics are pre-selected by Life Tree and meant to be compelling across denominational lines and of interest to non-Christians, agnostics and atheists.
“People are looking for connections and longing for a sense of community,” (Life Tree president Thom) Schultz said. … “It’s not designed to get new members for churches … It’s meant for churches to reach into their communities and help people deal with life issues.”
Upcoming topics include UFO abductions (April 12), child sex slavery in the U.S. (April 19) and forgiveness (April 26). According to the Lifetree website, it involves “no membership, no preaching, no singing” …
Zion UMC is at 1030 Carlisle Road.