Wisdom Conversations:
opportunity for learning and sharing experiences of ministry with older adults

Ministry and Dementia: In our fourth annual event, we will explore ways to be in ministry with and support for those who are experiencing cognitive decline and their caregivers.

Wisdom Conversations

Tuesdays: February 2, 9, 16

3:00 – 5:00 EST (2:00 -4:00 Central)

$15 registration fee for the series of three webinars

Presenters: Rev. John and Dr. Susan McFadden


This series will be held in two-hour Zoomed sessions, with time for conversations in small groups.

Wisdom Conversations 2021: Ministry and Dementia

Wisdom Conversations is an annual opportunity for clergy and lay leaders interested in deepening their understanding of ministering to an aging population. Under the leadership of Dr. Susan McFadden and Rev. John McFadden, this clergy group began in 2018, to explore a deeper understanding of aging. The following year participants were invited to gather at United Church Homes Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, for a retreat-like opportunity, led by Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein and her engagement of narrative work. This gathering consisted of a video conversation with Parker Palmer, who had just published his book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. Meeting again at the Parkvue Community in January of 2020, Jan Aerie and Rev. Beth Long-Higgins shared their experience in ministry and aging, using the framework of Age-Friendly Congregations—a resource published through the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, to which they both contributed.  In February 2021, Wisdom Conversations was virtual and took place during three two-hour zoom sessions concentrating on the challenges and opportunities for ministry with those who are living with dementia. Dr. Susan McFadden and Rev. John McFadden once again led the conversations as they shared from their experience and passion in serving a community in Wisconsin.

Details for the 2022 event will be posted later this year. Stay tuned!


Registration for this event is now closed.