Life Tree Café



Everything from politics to prayer are featured at our weekly experience called Lifetree Café. This “conversation café” is part of a national network of locations that offer participatory events related to life and faith.

The Lifetree Café experience is a scheduled hour of “stories and conversations to feed the soul.” The hour typically includes a short original film and guided conversation. A local host directs the hour. “It’s a unique place where the real world and its issues intersect with faith in a way that stimulates and enriches,” according to Oakdale’s Lifetree founder Eric Kas. People of many different ages and walks of life enjoy the gatherings.

Topics, which change weekly, focus on popular life issues, such as _MG_0899Apr14.jpgloneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. Each begins with a high-quality documentary-style film featuring everyday people with unusual stories, as well as nationally known figures.

National Lifetree Café founder Thom Schultz said, “We engage people of all ages in a national conversation through local Lifetree Cafés 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.

“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 _MG_0639Apr14.jpgprovides 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 Café is offered every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Oakdale Park Church. Admission to the 60-minute events is free. Snacks and beverages are served. Visit to see a trailer for this week’s topic.

Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to Julie Veeneman at 616.617.7317 or jmtvster at gmail dot com.