Rev. Bonnie Tarwater is an affiliate community minister of First Unitarin Uiveralsit Church of San Diego.
Celebrating loving relationships as the deepest of all psycho-spiritual practices, Bonnie draws on her relationships with the sacred, the natural world, and as a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Integrating her vocation as minister, artist, counselor, and dream worker she honors the divine feminine as an interfaith Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor.
Working previously in the professional theater she explores metaphor, symbol, color, dreams, visions, story, music, ritual, and dance for healing and transformation. Becoming a mother was a life changing mystical experience for Bonnie. Experiences of divorce and domestic violence led to a raising of consciousness. She began an intense religious and spiritual search and went to seminary. Conversion experiences heighted her appreciation for the religious dimension in dreams and visions. Bonnie is dedicated to a life of the spirit and service.
Ordained as a Unitarian Universalist in 1999, she has served as a parish minister, hospital and hospice chaplain and currently serves a new home church, Church for Our Common Home, Churchforourcommonhome.com. Honored to work with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. on the ‘Seizing an Alternative’ ecology conference in 2015, Bonnie is dedicated to, ‘care for our common home’ our Mother Earth.
BA, UCSD Visual Art, MFA, ACT Theater, CA Teaching Credential Art and Theater, USIU, M.Div. Claremont School of Theology, International Assoc. for the Study of Dreams SD Rep,
Services include: Dream work for individuals and groups, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Direction, Relationships and couple’s counseling, Family counseling including children and elders,Trauma and addiction counseling, Aging and Menopause issues, Hospice and bereavement counseling, Hypnosis and guided mediation, Past Life Regression (certified with Dr. Brain Weiss) Individual and group pre-marital counseling, Healing rituals, Visual and performing arts therapies, Women’s and feminist issues, Energy healing, Religious Wounding.
Bonnie provides presentations on dream work for organizations and does dream workshops regularly.
Bonnie and her husband Walt Rutherford have recently begun a new non-profit Our Common Home, a church and counseling center.
Our Common Home providing artistic, religious and psychological services to awaken to the moral and ecologic crisis as an invitation for spiritual growth and creating loving community with all of creation, caring for our common home, Mother Earth.