Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

Minister of the new Church for our Common Home, a Home/ Internet/Radio church. Ordained in 1999 she has served both Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ Churches, and has a M. Div. from Claremont School of Theology, a M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in S.F., a B.A. in Visual Art from U.C.S.D. and a certificate as a dream worker, from the Marin Institute for Projective Dream. She is the co-chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, San Diego Group and currently leads therapy groups with her husband Dr. Walter Rutherford.

Rev. Bonnie under construction) is available as a Spiritual Director, Pastoral Counselor, dream worker and for guest preaching, teaching and workshops, weddings, funerals and other rituals - click text here to learn more. In June of 2015 Rev. Bonnie worked on the “Seizing and Alternative” ecology conference with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. the conferences architect about the ecologic crisis and she committed to furthering her ministry for the care of our common home. She wrote a chapter in the book, For Our Common Home, edited by Cobb and Castuera that was responses to Pope Francis’s radical environmental teaching “Laudato Si.” Every crisis is an invitation for spiritual growth and Bonnie and her husband Walt Rutherford are dedicated to creating a new experimental home church at this time of crisis for all life on earth dedicated to spiritual growth and the raising of human consciousness. Rev. Bonnie is the mother of two grown sons, Ben married to Ariel and David soon to be married to Jessica.

Walt Rutherford, Ph.D

Bio Walt Rutherford, Ph.D. has been involved in the fields of counseling, consulting, and academic instruction for over forty years. After serving as a combat platoon leader in the Viet Nam war, he returned home and joined Vietnam Veterans against the War where he first started working for peace. Later he began working clinically with veterans and other survivors of violence and abuse including those addicted and suffering from trauma. In 1979 Walt was named the Director of one of the first Vet Centers in the nation while in Vermont where he began his study of the phenomena later to be known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To this day he is known as a pioneer in the research and treatment of this issue. He has counseled more than three thousand veterans and their families. In the late 1980’s Walt began an intense study of Tibetan Buddhism and its medical approach. Since this time he has taught these principles and has created programs in Tibetan Buddhist Psychology in several universities. As a Transpersonal Psychologist he espouses the need to treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.

ADVISORY BOARD - Dr. John B. Cobb Jr

An American theologian, philosopher and environmentalist, and the preeminent scholar in process thought. He taught at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958-1990. Together with David Griffith he organized the Center for Process Studies which has growth to include centers in China and many other countries. The author of more than 50 books he was the guiding force behind the 2015 “Seizing and Alternative” conference on the contribution of a Whiteheadean worldview to the issues of climate change.


Friends of the church include;

The Center for Process Studies, 

Margaret Starbird,

Dr Walter Rutherford,

Jim Marion,

International Association of the Study of

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault,

Cynthia Avens and Richard Zelley and the Christosophia Community,

Pando Populus

Progressive Christians


UU Society of Community Ministers


First UU Church of SD

Mathew Fox

Cornell West


We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.


Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.


  1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.
    1. Recognize that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.
    2. Affirm faith in the inherent dignity of all human beings and in the intellectual, artistic, ethical, and spiritual potential of humanity.
  2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love.
    1. Accept that with the right to own, manage, and use natural resources comes the duty to prevent environmental harm and to protect the rights of people.
    2. Affirm that with increased freedom, knowledge, and power comes increased responsibility to promote the common good.
  3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
    1. Ensure that communities at all levels guarantee human rights and fundamental freedoms and provide everyone an opportunity to realize his or her full potential.
    2. Promote social and economic justice, enabling all to achieve a secure and meaningful livelihood that is ecologically responsible.
  4. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
    1. Recognize that the freedom of action of each generation is qualified by the needs of future generations.
    2. Transmit to future generations values, traditions, and institutions that support the long-term flourishing of Earth’s human and ecological communities.