Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

13014 Calle De Las Rosas San Diego, CA 92129

(858) 248-5123,,



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


Parish Minister

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

            Counseling Center

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.