Senior Editor, Sojourners magazine
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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

World-Renowned Peacemaker Art Gish Dies

by Rose Marie Berger 07-29-2010

Art and Peggy Gish are career peace, civil rights, and human rights activists who embody the motto of their primary affiliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams: "Getting in the way."

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda

by Rose Marie Berger 07-22-2010

Gulf Apocalypse: Don't Watch This Video

by Rose Marie Berger 07-19-2010

Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a.

Justice for the ‘Angel of the Amazon’

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2010

In May, a court in Brazil sentenced a second rancher to 30 years in prison for ordering the murder of Dorothy Stang, a Catholic Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, who worked in Brazil with small farmer

Faith's Wild Poetry

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2010
The Complete Psalms, by Pamela Greenberg. Bloomsbury USA. Joyful Noise, edited by Robert Strong. Autumn House Press.

U.S. Tax Dollars at Work?

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2010

In 2009, a mass grave, possibly the largest in Latin America, was discovered near La Macarena, Colombia, within sight of a major military base that is also used by U.S.

Jesus Bandz

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2010

Alabama-based BelieverBands has jumped on the silly-bandz wagon with its own stretchy evangelism.

Learning Lessons the Hard Way

by Rose Marie Berger 07-01-2010
Knowing that we are going to die, how then should we live?

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?

by Rose Marie Berger 06-23-2010
Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line.

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?

by Rose Marie Berger 06-08-2010
It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz.

Keeping a Civil Tongue

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2010

A denominationally and politically diverse group of more than 100 U.S.

Hit the Praise Button

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2010

When Handel’s Messiah was first performed in London in 1743, it is said that King George II leapt to his feet when the “Hallelujah” chorus began.

Why Work-Free Sundays?

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2010

In March more than 70 organizations, including churches, labor unions, and civil society groups, met for the first European conference on work-free Sundays.

All Along the Way...

by Rose Marie Berger 06-01-2010

The nice vendor who sells aromatic oils in front of Speedy Liquor on 14th Street got stabbed the other day. Word on the street is he “got sliced with a machete.”

Why Do Americans Emphasize Charity Over Justice?

by Rose Marie Berger 05-27-2010

New Research on Why Nonviolence Works

by Rose Marie Berger 05-18-2010
I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with Erica Chenoweth from Wesleyan University.

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church

by Rose Marie Berger 05-12-2010
On the papal plane, Shepherd One, en route to Portugal to visit the Shrine of Our

Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?

by Rose Marie Berger 05-07-2010

In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love

Emissions: Planes vs. Volcanos

by Rose Marie Berger 04-28-2010
While the effects of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano have been devastating on Icelanders, I've been thinking that shutting down air travel for a week might have some upsides.

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'

by Rose Marie Berger 04-26-2010
Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_release...