Joy in the darkness: An Epiphany reflection


As Epiphany approaches, Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler shares how her experience wandering in an unfamiliar place and pondering climate justice relates to the Magi’s journey to find Jesus.

Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler serves as the climate justice coordinator for Mennonite Church USA. An ordained minister and former pastor in Central Plains Mennonite Conference, she graduated from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University. When she’s not connecting with others about creation care and climate justice, you can find her in her garden, tending her family’s flock of chickens, cooking up something featuring local and seasonal ingredients, or reading with her son and daughter. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, she now calls Kalona, Iowa, home.

“… there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” — Matthew 2:9-10, NRSV

We gathered in the dark for worship, sheltered by oaks and poplars in Mosquito Hollow. We were cozy, as we huddled around the fire. Then Wendy invited us to wander and wonder in the dark and to expect to connect with Holiness.

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