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Education & Moments of Lift



Worship Service

September 1, 2019

10:30 am in Parish Hall

Childcare available during Summer services

Cathy Livingston speaking


 The darkness of this political climate leaves us longing for signs of hope that our world, our country, and our democracy are going to be able to recalibrate our course to a more compassionate appreciation of the rich diversity of the human family. If this period of our lives has taught us anything, it is that we have much more work to do than we imagined. There are many facets to rebuilding, but for sure, education both formal and informal is an essential ingredient. Dr. Livingston’s remarks will identify the many ways in which education can help us rebuild. As we reap the benefits of increased insights, understanding, and skills, we will experience these “moments of lift” that remind us of the grace that exists and calls within all of us to be better human beings.

Cathy was on a path of lifelong learning from her early childhood. An avid reader, propelled by an insatiable appetite for exploring new dimensions of human development, she has continued to build on her professional experiences to highlight the importance of learning. One of her basic axioms is “Education is the keystone for having quality in our lives.” She credits her initiation into the world of yoga and all of its associated spiritual practices for her evolving view that Heat-Learning is equally important to Head-Learning. Cathy’s professional experience includes teaching mathematics and literacy/study skills in both high school and college settings. Seeking ways to have a greater impact, Cathy has served in senior leadership positions, including Vice Principal of a larger regional high school, and as Vice President of Academic Affairs at two colleges in Massachusetts.   In 2006, she assumed the CEO position of a non-profit in Boston working with Boston Public Schools to help students strengthen their math skills and their resilience. Currently she is serving as a consultant to higher education institutions that are committed to increasing students’ success. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, long walks, and writes for her own Blog on successful aging.