A reflection by Tim Coons and Jeff Cook


January 31, 2016

Jeff Cook

BEE369 Minister Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching at an event


Monday, many across the world will remember and celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Though we do not cancel work and school for the birth of other great Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford or Thomas Edison, we rightly pause for King — not for his sake but for ours.

Stopping on Monday is about work we must still do. Conflicts in our world are often between those of different races. It’s no secret that around 35 percent of Greeley is Latino and 60 percent is white, and we generally do not live in the same neighborhoods. It’s no secret that race continues to be a source of conflict and division in our country, and we need to continue to elevate solutions.

King said, “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism.” Perhaps this is the year you and I take on a more revolutionary posture — not toward the issues out there, but toward the issues within us. Perhaps you are like me and race issues make you uncomfortable, or perhaps you do not even know where to start — here are a couple suggestions for us in the New Year.


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Christmas Eve, 2015

Jeff Cook