On episode four of Hot Mamas, I chat with Joelle Novey, mom of two young children and director of Interfaith Power and Light for Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. She shares how she came to work on climate, asking the question of what it would actually mean to truly live out our faith and moral values in all of our practices, and how a stint as a hospital chaplain was the best possible training for her work shepherding people through the climate crisis.
We talk about why allowing ourselves to feel the grief of the climate crisis is the way to be fully human in this moment, but how harnessing the fierce warrior protectiveness of motherhood is how we can, at the same time, fight for all that we can save.
The problems with Noah's ark imagery, the value of rest, and reflection on "what is mine to do?" are some of the rich topics that come up in our conversation. Joelle shares so much wisdom from her work with many different faith traditions and multi-generational communities and how she tries to model the reality she is seeking to create-even in the darkest times.
Recommended resources for this episode:
Joelle directs Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) [www.ipldmv.org], one of a network [www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/about/state/] of Interfaith Power & Light affiliates engaging faith communities in climate work around the country.
Joelle also serves on the advisory board of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action Dayenu.org
A video of Joelle and her son on why they march:
Re-examine the imagery of Noah's ark:
Lecture by Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, "Reading Noah’s Ark in the Age of Climate Change" https://www.mtso.edu/theologicalcommons/archive-resources/reading-noahs-ark-in-the-age-of-climate-change/
Noah's Archive: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Julian Yates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krGEy4nth30
Pope Francis' encyclical teaching on ecology, Laudato Si: