The Common Good

Tara C. Samples

Tara C. Samples, Ph.D. is a grateful disciple of Jesus who believes that social justice is the responsibility of the Body of Christ which is called to speak for those whose voices are not heard by the powerful. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She relocated from life in the urban South to a Midwestern prairie town. Together with her family she is exploring practicalities of living out the spiritual discipline of justice in her new community. Tara is a wife, a mother, and foster-parent. In her professional life, Tara speaks and writes on the psychological treatments of traumatic grief and trauma-spectrum disorders. Tara is as an advocate against injustice, violence, oppression and sexual exploitation in the church and in the world.

Blog Posts by Tara C. Samples

Posted by Tara C. Samples 2 weeks 5 days ago
Among Christians who practice Lent, the Holy Week timeline is a time for reflection on the practices of Jesus in his last days prior to his death. Reflecting on Holy Week can be a spiritual practice...
Posted by Tara C. Samples 8 weeks 5 days ago
The term "rape culture" is a sociological theory in which individuals who sexually harass and assault others are given a social license to do so, as they live in a society that makes excuses for...
Posted by Tara C. Samples 13 weeks 3 days ago
The real war on terror is not a war on Western values or American values. It is evil perpetuating crimes of power and control, and its costs are measured in real in human lives. Those lives are...
Posted by Tara C. Samples 49 weeks 1 day ago
As a mental health professional and a mom, I have come to appreciate the incredible importance of family relationships on the development and maturation of children. I’ve also realized that the...
Posted by Tara C. Samples 1 year 4 weeks ago
There is a lot of conversation happening in the blogosphere around the movement by Sheryl Sandberg and friends to “Ban Bossy” Many women in leadership in faith circles can resonate with the sentiment...