Rev. Bonnie Tarwater
13014 Calle De Las Rosas San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 248-5123, firstname.lastname@example.org
M.Div. Claremont School of Theology, 1998
M.F.A. American Conservatory Theatre, 1984
B.A. Visual Arts, University of California San Diego, 1982
Teaching Credential U.S.I.U. Drama and Art: High School, 2000
Certificated Dream Work Facilitator, Marin Institute of Projective Dream Work, May 2011
Ordained Unitarian Universalist 1999, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Privilege of Call, United Church of Christ, 2004
Minister Church for our Common Home, a Home/Internet/Radio Blog Church, 2015-present
Minister Edgewood United Church of Christ East Lansing Michigan 2013-2014
Minister Congregational Church of Lincoln City, UCC, Lincoln City, Oregon August 2008-June 2010
Minister United Church of Christ of Paradise Hills, National City, 2005-2008
Minister God Is Love Church, Community Progressive Christian Arts Ministry, 2005- 2008
Minister First Congregational Parish in Kingston, Unitarian Universalist, 2000- 01
Part time and/or consulting minister, Beloved Community Church 2003- 04, UU Church of Riverside 2003, La Mesa United Church of Christ, 2001, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 2001-02, Coronado UU Church 2002, Sepulveda UU Fellowship 2000, Summit UU Fellowship 1998 etc
Chaplain, Counselor and Dream Worker
International Association for the Study of Dreams, San Diego Regional Representative currently,
Presenting Dr. Steve Aizenstat, “The Global Dream Initiative” Dream Conference, May 6,7th 2016
Facilitated Dream Workshop with Rev. Jeremey Taylor, First UU Church of San Diego 2011
Workshop presenter at the International Association for the Study of Dreams, 2012
Dream Groups-Women in Recovery Stepping Stone Recovery House, Women’s Center 2009-2012
Led Dream Groups weekly at Congregational Church of Lincoln City and Edgewood UU Church
2008-2012 as well as weekly Skype Dream Groups.
Co-lead weekly Group Therapy with Dr. Walt Rutherford, 2015-presently at Our Common Home
OWL trainer and began Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality program for teenagers at church -2009
Leader of many Pre-marital and Women’s Support Groupsin churches
Children’s Chaplain San Diego Hospice 2002, Sharp Memorial Hospital Chaplain and Children’s Hospital, 1997-78, Hospital Chaplain at City of Hope Los Angeles Summer, 1994
Social Activist and Ecology
For Our Common Home Conference, The Center for Process Studies, April 1st ,2nd 2016
Presenter--At the Beside of Our Mother Earth and Moderator for sessions.
Attended World Parliament of Religions and offered ritual of healing at Pando Populus in Utah 2015.
Planning committee “Seizing an Alternative” ecology conference with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr, Bill
McKibben, Vandana Shiva etc. for 2,000 people at Claremont School of Theology 2015
Presented on “The Black Madonna” and led the“Anima Mundi: the Soul of the World” Track on the
“Transformative Power of Art and Nature” Section
Member of Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee for the UCC CA-Nevada Conference, 2012-present
Active in San Diego, Occupy Wall Street 2011-2012, and Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Book Group Teacher- The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Death of the Mythic God, currently
Taught course on, “Dreams” Alliant University, School of Psychology for PhD graduate students 2012
Workshops and classes designed and taught in churches include;
“The Earth is Speaking to Us” “The Black Madonna” “Honoring our Dreams as Sacred Gifts”
“Painting Dreams from the Heart” “Integrating the Religious and Psychological in Dreams”
“Exploring Our Faith” Explored world religions, created a community mural project
“Ganesha” Created paper mache giant rod puppets, performed with dance, and music
“Centering Prayer” (Taught Centering Prayer at several denominational workshops and churches)
“Painting from the Heart” Workshop reading fairy tales out loud and painting themes
“Reflecting on Your Religious Childhood” Explored spiritual and religious traumas and early childhood experiences. “Creativity and the Sacred” Explored creativity as spiritual experience
Drama Teacher at San Diego Community Colleges, High Schools, Art Museums, Churches etc.
Professional Theater and “Arts Ministry”
Produced and directed many theater projects in churches, theaters, community centers etc. including;
“Saturday Night Live Variety Show” Alcoholic Anonymous, Spring Round Up, San Diego 2015
Yanomano, an Ecological Musical, God Is Love Church so sponsored with the San Dieguito Boys and
Girls Club, Del Mar 2006
Received denominational grants to produce and direct, Cotton Patch Gospel, Mission Hills United
Church of Christ Church, 2006 churches in the San Diego area
Narnia a Musical, Summit UU Fellowship 1998
Del Mar Theatre Ensemble,1989-1991, Founded theater and was the Producing Artistic Director
Scapan Directed by William Ball, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Telling Wilde Tales, etc
The New York Shakespeare Festival 1981 The Sorrow’s of Stephen Leading role: Christina
The American Conservatory Theatre, 1977-80 Member of Acting Company,
Santa Barbara Repertory Theatre, 1979 Romeo and Juliet, Juliet
For Our Common Home, Chapter, “At the Bedside of Mother Earth” edited by Dr. John B. Cobb Jr.
Mother’s Milk and Moon Cookies, 2006 and 2011, Grant from Disciples Center and UCC to write in
workshop and held three play reading programs in churches.
I Wonder As I Wander, wrote in workshop, Palomar UU Fellowship 1996
Sermon writing, editor of newsletters and web sites for church, newspaper articles etc.
Writer for the UCC “Worship Ways” publications on UCC web site for worship including weddings,
memorial services, Day of the Dead, healing ceremonies for childhood sexual abuse etc.
Married to Dr. Walter Rutherford a Marriage and Family Therapist, Transpersonal Psychologist,
expert in PTSD and co-founder Our Common Home Counseling Center.
Mother, David born 1985, married to Jessica, Ben born 1986, married to Ariel.
Ran 5 k race in Carmel CA, April 2016! Piano, guitar, singing, leader of group sing-alongs, chanting, Taize, mural artist, web site designer, Photoshop, painting, sculpture, mosaic tiling, yoga, dancing, cooking, camping, snorkeling, gardening, grant writing, fund raising, group facilitating.
Growing up I lived in countries including Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia and have
traveled extensively as an adult making me enthusiastic for multi-cultural and multi-faith experience.