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Variety of topics to be discussed at Lifetree events

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Terrorism, the decline in the marriage rate, how to become a better listener and the existence of Hell are all topics on tap during February's Lifetree Cafe programs at Meadow Park Church of God.

"Lifetree Cafe is an interactive, weekly experience that is part of a national network that offers a scheduled hour of videos, stories and conversations that help build relationships," said Cindy Heath, the church's director of communications.

"Topics change each week and focus on popular life issues."

The gatherings take place at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m.

The same program is presented on Wednesdays, with one exception this month, at Pathway Church, 201 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware.

Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 7, the subject will be "Inside Terrorism: A Muslim's Quest to Stop Jihad."

The program features a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, Killing in the Name, according to information from program organizers.

Feb. 14 at Meadow Park Church the topic is to be "Is Marriage Obsolete? Why More People Are Saying, 'I Don't.' "

The program encourages those who attend to share their views of marriage.

The Pathway Church won't have a Lifetree on Feb. 13 because of Ash Wednesday observances.

"The Art of Listening: An Act of Love" is to be discussed Feb. 20 at the Delaware site, Feb. 21 at the Columbus location.

The program will feature a film by NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay. StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.

"It's an important moment in peoples' lives to have someone who matters ask who they are, what they've learned, and how they want to be remembered," Isay said in a statement submitted by program organizers.

Participants will discover practical tools for connecting deeply with others, organizers said.

Finally, Feb. 27 at Pathway Church and Feb. 28 at Meadow Park Church, "Hell: Does It Really Exist?" will be the topic, featuring a screening of the award-winning short film Admissions, starring James Cromwell.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Snacks and beverages are provided.

More information is available on Facebook, and on the websites meadowpark.org and lifetreecafe.com.

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