Growth and Meaning in Later Life

John and Susan McFaddenA message rooted in Victor Frankl’s understanding of life as a “search for meaning,” which he defines through three sources of that meaning. Longer life expectancy is forcing us to rethink what gives live meaning and purpose in “the third age” of life (post-retirement), challenging prevailing cultural assumptions that this stage of life should be defined by pleasure rather than meaning.

John McFadden is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ who served in parish ministry for 34 years.  After retiring as senior minister of First Congregational Church in Appleton, he became the first workplace chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.  He is currently serving as memory care chaplain at Appleton Health Care Center and as a dementia advocate in Wisconsin.