Senior Editor, Sojourners magazine
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Rose, who lived in Washington, D.C. for 35 years, lives in Oak View, Calif. She has been on Sojourners staff since 1986.

For more than 35 years, Rose has rooted herself with Sojourners magazine and ministry. She is author of Bending the Arch: Poems (2019), Drawn By God: A History of the Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries from 1967 to 1991 (with Janet Gottschalk, 2012), and Who Killed Donte Manning? The Story of an American Neighborhood.

In the course of a 35 plus-year career in faith-based activism, advocacy journalism, and pastoral leadership, Rose has proven to be a skilled organizer, exceptional writer, visionary pastoral leader, and innovative teacher of biblical literacy.

With Sojourners, Rose has worked as an organizer on peace and environmental issues, internship program director, liturgist, community pastor, poetry editor, and, currently, as a Senior Editor of Sojourners magazine, where she writes a regular column on spirituality and justice. She is responsible for the Living the Word section, poetry, Bible studies, and interviews – and oversees the production of study guides, discussion guides, and the online bible study Preaching the Word. She is also a religion reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a Huffington Post commentator. Her work has appeared in National Catholic Reporter, Publishers Weekly, Religion News Service, Radical Grace-Oneing, The Merton Seasonal, U.S. Catholic, and elsewhere.

Rose has a veteran history in social justice activism, including: organizing inter-religious witness against the Keystone XL pipeline; educating and training groups in nonviolence; leading retreats in spirituality and justice; writing on topics as diverse as the “Spiritual Vision of Van Gogh, O'Keeffe, and Warhol,” the war in the Balkans, interviews with black activists Vincent Harding and Yvonne Delk, the Love Canal's Lois Gibbs, and Mexican archbishop Ruiz, cultural commentary on the Catholic church and the peace movement, reviews of movies, books, and music.

A founding member of a small creative writing group, Rose Berger has taught writing and poetry workshops for children and adults. She’s completed her MFA in poetry through the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her poetry has been published in Sojourners, The Other Side, Radix and D.C. Poets Against the War.

Rose grew up in the Central Valley of California, located in the rich flood plains of the Sacramento and American rivers. Raised in radical Catholic communities heavily influenced by Franciscans and the Catholic Worker movement, she served for nine years on the pastoral team for Sojourners Community Church; five as its co-pastor. She directed Sojourners internship program from 1990-1999. She is currently senior editor and poetry editor for Sojourners magazine.

She has traveled throughout the United States, and also in Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosova, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and El Salvador visiting primarily with faith communities working for peace in situations of conflict.

Rose’s articles include:

She lives in Oak View, Calif., in the Ventura River watershed on traditional Chumash lands.

Posts By This Author

Calling for Debt Relief

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 04-01-2010

In the wake of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, a coalition of faith-based and secular humanitarian organizations called world leaders to grant international debt relief to Haiti.

Predator Drones on Our Borders

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 04-01-2010

You cannot hear them. You cannot see them. But Predator drones—pilotless aircraft typically used in combat in Afghanistan and Pakistan—are flying in U.S.

Mutual Responsibility

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 04-01-2010

According to a review of 160 socially responsible mutual funds, 72.6 percent of socially responsible large-cap funds outperformed their S&P 500 competitors in 2009.

Child Crown of Thorns

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 04-01-2010

The Nebraska-based Oriental Trading Company knows “how to make the world more fun!” Their child-size crown of thorns is just the ticket to make sure your Sunday school kids know what su

'Reverend Billy' Demands Freedom for the Captives

by Rose Marie Berger, by Jeannie Choi 04-01-2010

With his blonde pompadour flying in the cold January sky, activist and performance artist “Reverend Billy” Talen preached through a megaphone outside of the Varick Federal Detention Fac

(Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter

by Rose Marie Berger 03-31-2010
The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that travel re

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey

by Rose Marie Berger 03-30-2010
Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010.

What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?

by Rose Marie Berger 03-24-2010
Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her.

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion

by Rose Marie Berger 03-17-2010

T.R.

Pastors: Your Kids Are Listening to You on Climate Change

by Rose Marie Berger 03-16-2010
The data is in.

An Interview with Edwidge Danticat

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2010

Editor’s Note: Edwidge Danticat, author of six books including

Is Military Money a Stabilizer?

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2010

After the failed Christmas bomb attack on a U.S.-bound plane in which the prime suspect admitted that he’d been trained at an al Qaeda boot camp in Yemen, President Obama doubled U.S.

Rise and Shine

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2010

Does “awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead!” (Ephesians 5:14) describe your Monday morning?

Johnny Be Good

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2010

It was a remarkable moment in November when Johnny Lee Clary, a 50-year-old white Oklahoman, knelt before Bishop George D.

Can Peaceful Protest Stop a Rising Tide?

by Rose Marie Berger 02-01-2010

There are two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle, declared Abraham Lincoln in 1858: “the common right of humanity and the d

Cities Light Up for Life

by Rose Marie Berger 02-01-2010

In November, 1,150 cities around the world—including 60 capitals—lit up public buildings to support an end to the death penalty.

Tools of the Carpenter

by Rose Marie Berger 02-01-2010

Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen has created the new cross screwdriver that is both a hand tool and a religious symbol!

Is It A.D. Yet?

by Rose Marie Berger 01-01-2010

Once upon a time, a long time ago, unto us a savior was born. Sadly, his mom never threw him a birthday party. But now you can.

Thank a Sister

by Rose Marie Berger 01-01-2010

Sister Linda Fuselier was my first-grade teacher. It was 1969 at St. Ignatius Catholic School in Sacramento, California.

Is That Jesus in Your Pocket?

by Rose Marie Berger 12-01-2009

The Jesus Christ keychain with LED flashlight from Divinity Innovations provides a literal “lamp unto your feet.” Sporting a long-sleeved, rolled-edge crewneck shirt (with an ichthy