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Spiritual help available at Lifetree Cafe

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

This conversation café, located at 64 East Main St. in Springville, is part of a national network of locations that offer events related to life and faith.

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

Weekly topics focus on issues, such as loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. The documentary-style films feature average people, 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,, welcomes visitors to participate online in the same 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.

“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,” Schultz added.

Lifetree Cafe will be offered at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Admission to the 60-minute events is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to the Rev. Handzlik at 592-4652 or


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