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Lifetree Cafe series

Gun control, identity theft among upcoming topics


Topics ranging from the controversial to the concerning to the consoling are on tap this month for the Lifetree Cafe series at Meadow Park Church of God.

The hourlong discussion gatherings are held every Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the church, 2425 Bethel Road.

They are also held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Pathway Church of God, 201 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware.

The topic for this week is "Making Life's Toughest Decisions: Dealing with Dilemma."

The program features a screening of the award-winning short film, "The Last Race," which portrays a family suddenly faced with a decision about whether to donate the organs of a loved one.

The discussion for March 13 and 14 is "Inside the Gun Debate: To Hunt? To Defend? To Assault?" This features filmed interviews with Tom Mauser, whose son died at Columbine High School, and Michael Lang, a concealed weapon firearms instructor.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear various viewpoints and to offer their own.

The topic up for discussion March 20 and 21 is "They Hijacked My Life! How Vulnerable are You to Identity Theft?"

This program features an exclusive filmed interview with identity-theft expert John Sileo, the author of "Stolen Lives: Identity Theft Prevention Made Simple."

He regularly appears on NBC, ABC and Fox television shows to provide tips and techniques for protecting confidential personal information from theft online, through the mail and elsewhere.

March 27 and 28, "Surrounded by Stuff: Understanding the Hidden World of Hoarding" is the focus.

Participants will watch a short film of a woman whose hoarding caused her such shame she wouldn't let a plumber into her home to fix broken pipes. The program offers help for those who hoard and for those who live with hoarders.

Finally, the topic for the week of March 31, meaning the gatherings are April 3 and 4, will be "An Encounter with God: A Prime Minister's Supernatural Experience."

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Tamrat Layne tells about his controversial "encounter with God" in an exclusive filmed interview.

Layne served 12 years in prison and claims he experienced a supernatural visit from God while incarcerated.

Lifetree Cafe is a national network based in Loveland, Colo., that offers guided discussions.