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New group called Lifetree Cafe begins to encourage discussion

March 20, 2013
The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - Everything from politics to prayer will be featured at a new weekly experience called Lifetree Cafe, said organizers of the free group, which will meet at Staffileno's on the River at 7 p.m. each Wednesday beginning on April 10.

The group is part of a national network geared toward discussion of life and faith following presentation of a short documentary-style film featuring everyday people as well as nationally known figures, said Vicky Barr, its local director.

Barr said topics may include such things as loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer and life after death.

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,, invites visitors to participate online in the same topical conversations that occur each week at the live venues."

He said, "Lifetree serves as a comfortable place to meet other people who are interested in the same issues. 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."

For questions, contact Barr at (740) 282-3458 or

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