Senior Editor, Sojourners magazine
Photo: Brandon Hook / Sojourners

Invite Rose to Speak

Rose, a native of the West Coast, lives in Washington, D.C. She has been on Sojourners staff since 1986.

For more than 30 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.

A native of the West Coast, Rose has lived in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. since the mid-1980s. In the course of a 30 plus-year career in faith-based activism, advocacy journalism, and pastoral leadership, she 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 Associate 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 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 the Southern Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in the Anacostia watershed on traditional Piscataway lands.

Posts By This Author

Citizens Remember

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006

After a two-year process, the Greensboro (North Carolina) Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first of its kind in the United States, delivered its final report in May on the events surroundin

Thou shalt not

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006
Covenants always have social and political implications.

Judas, We Hardly Knew Ye

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006
The 'gospel' of Judas and The Da Vinci Code make Christianity unrecognizable.

César Chávez Saved My Life

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006

Nane Alejandrez had plenty of opportunities to die. Instead he chose life, and brought generations of Latino youngsters with him.

Remembering Damu Smith

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006

Damu Smith, 54, founder of Black Voices for Peace and executive director of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, died of colon cancer on May 6, 2006, in Washington, D.C.

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006

  • Gold Medal. Palestinian Christian Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, received an award from the Peace Fellowship of

Follow The Money

by Rose Marie Berger 08-01-2006

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., released a report in May that revealed how a small group of wealthy funders are influencing the denomination’s debates on homosexuality in the churc

Will The Desert Bloom

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2006

In an arid valley of northwestern Afghanistan, diets used to consist of little more than tea and bread, and women remained in the home.

Sanctuary Movement on the Rise

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2006

The city council of Maywood, California, declared the town a refuge for undocumented residents in January.

Operation Peaceforce

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2006

Amid increased violence in Sri Lanka, Nonviolent Peaceforce members are providing unarmed accompaniment to those delivering aid, as well as applying nonviolent strategies to prote

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2006

Olive Branch. In April, 120 former Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinian militants publicly launched “Combatants for Peace,” a partnership of former enem

The Art of Savoring

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2006
Soon the first stars will move tentatively into the field of sky.

Si, se puede!

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2006

Protesters holding an American flag join thousands of people during an immigration rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in April.

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2006

World Peace. A new Internet service provider, Peacenik.co.uk, will raise money for peacemakers working in conflict zones around the world.

Happy 100th to the Holy Rollers!

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2006
Many pentecostals trace their spiritual heritage to the Azusa Street revival.

Rebuilding Cajun Country

by Rose Marie Berger 04-01-2006

Rodell and Dale Scarabin and their children outside their makeshift house in Venice, Louisiana, in January, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Green (and Not So Green) Evangelicals

by Rose Marie Berger 04-01-2006

In February, 86 evangelical leaders declared climate change a Christian priority and lent their support to political initiatives to fight global warming, saying “The earth’s natural s

A U.S. Gulag

by Rose Marie Berger 04-01-2006
The Guantanamo prison is beyond the pale.

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger 04-01-2006

Dish it Up. The employees of Windows on the World restaurant, which was destroyed in the Sept.

Come On Down!

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2006

Twenty-five Christian peacemakers, members of Witness Against Torture, walked 50 miles from Santiago, Cuba, to the gates of the controversial U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay in December to protest the treatment of prisoners detained there.