Entries by Robert Koehler

The Great Waking Up

Republican initiatives that “divide the planet into winners and losers” are losing popularity in California and throughout the nation. Robert Koehler hopes that this is the beginning of a great awakening in which people come together beyond partisanship to heal the damage of enmity and marginalization.

Let the Prayer Continue

Heartened that Fr. Pat Conroy’s prayer for fairness and prosperity for all Americans in the new tax reform bill actually pierced the conscience of Congress, Robert Koehler calls on us all to continue the prayer for mercy, an end to violence, and humanity’s moral revolution.

Peace and the Nuclear Paradox

As President Trump threatens to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, a step that could lead to war in Iran, Robert Koehler considers the hypocrisy of the US strategy to make more usable nukes while posturing for war against a country without any in the name of keeping the world safe.

Can We Unlock the Golden Door?

As a particularly brutal ICE raid devastates a meat-packing plant in Tennessee, Robert Koehler recalls the welcome to immigrants emanating from the Statue of Liberty, who “lifts her lamp beside the golden door!” It’s time to fling that door wide open!

Playing War in Syria

As President Trump launches air strikes on Syria, Robert Koehler laments the nation’s unquestioning attitude on military action that destroys thousands of unseen lives, and recalls a time when another president “gave peace political traction.”As President Trump launches air strikes on Syria, Robert Koehler laments the nation’s unquestioning attitude on military action that destroys thousands of unseen lives, and recalls a time when another president “gave peace political traction.”

Lynchings Past and Present

The opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice has Robert Koehler reflecting on lynchings past and present, determined to bring our nation to face the shameful truth of its past and present in order to build a more just and compassionate future.