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Carpe Weekend: Answering the unanswerable

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Updated: September 17, 2012 6:09AM



Why do bad things happen to good people?

It’s a question most of us have asked at least once in our lives, either in the wake of a personal tragedy or after reading a particularly heartbreaking story in the newspaper.

But while there may be no clear-cut answer to why innocent people suffer sorrow and injustice, there’s also a life lesson to be taken away from simply asking the question, Kathy Carter Young said.

“There’s stuff that happens that you’re just going to have to learn to accept,” she said. “That’s kind of life.”

Dealing with unanswerable questions will be the focus of a free program titled “An Unsolved Mystery” from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Lifetree Cafe at the Edge Coffee House & Roasting Co., 1366 Main St., Crete.

Participants will watch several videos related to a real-life murder mystery — the mutilation death of a female named Elizabeth Bessie — while also trying to figure out who committed the crime.

Interspersed throughout the film footage will be group discussions on dealing with troublesome questions that don’t have definitive answers.

“It starts out fun, but then it comes around to something that really does impact us all,” said Carter Young, who will lead the program.

While the program is presented by Lifetree Cafe, an openly Christian organization, people of all faiths are welcome to attend, she said.

“There is going to be a Christian bent to this … but there are topics that are of universal appeal,” Carter Young said.

“I mean, everybody has questions and situations in their life that just don’t make sense. At least you’ve got a safe and secure forum to say, ‘Hey, you know what? Life sucks and I don’t get this. I don’t understand this.’

“I think that’s neat.”

Although the videos will present eyewitness testimony, potential suspects and possible motives, it ultimately will be up to attendees to determine what really happened, Carter Young said.

“It’s kind of one of those things that doesn’t have an answer,” she said.

“That’s the point. You think, ‘Well, it could be this or it could be that.’ The object of it is that it really doesn’t have a concrete answer … which is really the topic.

“Some things happen in life that there is just no logical answer for.”

Information: Diedre Bodine, (708) 672-5400 or diedre@cretechurch.com.



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