Rev. Samantha Lynne Wilson is a community psychologist, restorative justice practitioner, Unitarian Universalist minister, and is completing a PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Beginning in August 2019, she serves as the Interim Minister for Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Tucson, Arizona.
Early Youth-Led Organizing: Samantha’s work is informed by her youth and young adult participation and leadership in youth-led community organizing. As a Global Studies student at UC Riverside (’09), Samantha founded and directed Child Leader Project (CLP)—a transnational community non-profit that organized youth and young adults in South India, Mexico and Riverside, CA. During her six-year tenure as its “Executive Learner,” Samantha worked with over 500 youth across the globe on issues of social and ecological justice that mattered most to them, receiving recognition from Clinton Global Initiative University, Sister Cities International, and Riverside City Hall as an exemplar in local and global leadership development.
Ministry: Samantha is a community minister in Preliminary Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She served as an Intern Minister at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA in 2018. Having completed her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2014, Samantha trained as an intern chaplain at LA County Hospital and Homeboy Industries. She has also served as care provider for non-profits, families and individuals.
Restorative Justice: Samantha is a Restorative Practices Consultant and Facilitator with the Ahimsa Collective. She supports community and faith-based organizations in restorative practices and processes for conflict engagement. She co-facilitates restorative justice initiatives in county jails and California prisons as a facilitator for “Restorative Approaches to Intimate Violence” program and Insight Prison Project’s Victim-Offender Education Groups . She has also served as a co-facilitator for radically engaged contemplative practices through the Center for Engaged Compassion with PRISM Restorative Justice.
Scholarship: She is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Depth Psychology with a focus in Community, Liberation and Ecological Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her scholarship interests focus on the participation of white people in anti-racist organizing and the role of white people in interrupting and transforming white supremacy culture, informed by her participation in the Alliance for White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA) and White People for Black Lives . She utilizes participatory action research and pastoral care as methodologies for shared knowledge-making and truth-telling. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, theology, psychology, and restorative justice principles.
- Doctoral Candidate (All but dissertation)– Doctor of Philosophy | Depth Psychology – Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecological Psychology (CLE) | Pacifica Graduate Institute (Expected Graduation 2019)
- Master of Arts | Depth Psychology – CLE | Pacifica Graduate Institute | 2016
- Master of Divinity | Claremont School of Theology – Claremont | 2014
- Bachelor of Arts | Global Studies, Religious Studies Concentration | University of California – Riverside | 2009
Chaplaincy and Psycho-Spiritual Care Education:
- Completed 1250 hours (Units I, II and III) of supervised pastoral care in clinical settings with the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care / Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy program at Los Angeles County Public Hospital Oncology, General Medicine and Emergency Room units as well as Homeboy Industries
- Participant in “Original Voice/Cycles of Creativity: Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Psychology” and “Singing Over the Bones Facilitator Training” led by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes through the Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute
- Trainings in Grief and Resilience, Traumatic Loss and Suicide, Death Midwifery