A range of topics are on tap at Lifetree Cafe in April at two local churches.
"Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting," said Cindy Heath, director of communications for Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road.
The gatherings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Pathway Church of God, 201 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in Meadow Park Church of God.
Topics change weekly and there is no cost or registration required. The discussions are open to the public.
The topic for the week of April 7 is "What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why."
It will feature a filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the bestselling book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.
The topic for the week of April 14 is "Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman's Struggle with Anorexia." The program offers a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life.
For the week of April 21 the subject will be "How to Spot a Liar: Secrets from a Former FBI Agent."
The filmed interview is with FBI counterintelligence officer John Schafer.
As a behavioral analyst for the FBI's National Security Division, Schafer developed deception-detection techniques that are now widely used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. In his interview, Schafer shares key indicators that signal when someone is lying.
The topic the week of April 28 will be "Amazing Grace: The Mother of the Shooter Finds Healing in the Aftermath of the Amish Schoolhouse Massacre."
Oct. 2, 2006, Charles Roberts backed up his truck to the entrance of the West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County, Pa. He barricaded himself inside and shot 10 young Amish girls, five of whom died. Roberts killed himself before police could enter the one-room schoolhouse.
Roberts' mother, who was working nearby at the time of the shootings, was embraced by the Amish community,Heath said in a press release about the Lifetree topics.
"Amish members stunned observers when they openly forgave the killer and his family," Heath said. "The Roberts family is not Amish.
"Participants at this Lifetree Cafe program ... will experience never-before-seen footage and hear from Roberts, who still lives among the families of the girls her son murdered," Heath said.
"The trauma, pain and shame endured by this mother turned into an incredible picture of forgiveness and grace," Lifetree's Thom Schultz, who conducted the exclusive interview with Roberts, was quoted as saying.