Senior Associate 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 Associate 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.

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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.

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.

An Interview with Edwidge Danticat

by Rose Marie Berger 03-01-2010

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

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

Voting for Change

by Rose Marie Berger 12-01-2009

This summer, the largest Lutheran and Episcopalian denominations in the U.S. voted for more complete inclusion of gay and lesbian ministers within their churches.

46 Million Reasons for Health-Care Reform

The moral imperatives for change.

How To Build a Memorial Prayer Altar

Remember your loved ones this month with this beautiful prayer altar