Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten has been referred to as an experiential theologian because she leans toward an understanding of the Holy that is based on personal experience and the subjective discernment of reality. Ahriana is a business strategist, and spiritual educator, who has traveled the world and explored its cultural differences and human similarities. Raised in a Catholic household, she stretched beyond her religious roots to embrace indigenous tribal study, hermetic and pre-Christian European practices, and metaphysical Christology. Ahriana is an interfaith activist who believes there is value in all religious traditions and spiritual paths. She has been ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries and serves as the lead minister at Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies.

Ahriana speaks on a variety of unique subjects such as Holistic Living, Ecospirituality, and Right Livelihood. Her interactive workshops and life passage rituals provide a powerful balance of ceremonial experience combined with historic and scientific research and information. She has been featured as a “Wisdom Keeper” in the acclaimed international film and docuseries entitled “Time of the Sixth Sun.”

Deeply committed to interfaith education and dialogue, Ahriana serves as an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, leads the Colorado Springs Interfaith Collaboration, and, with a panel of clergy from various faiths, she writes for and coordinates the publication of “In Good Faith” a weekly interfaith newspaper column offering expert opinions of a spiritual and personal nature. She hosts a weekly podcast of the same name.

As a result of her work in the fields of ecospirituality and interfaith collaboration, Ahriana was invited to speak at the Gathering of Indigenous Elders in Nagpur, India, where she joined religious and tribal leaders from 250 countries. She has been a guest speaker at numerous universities including Colorado College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Creighton University. She was a panelist and presenter for the American Dharma Conference, a featured presenter at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in both 2015 and 2018, and she founded and served as the Executive Director and lead instructor of the Colorado Interfaith Seminary from 2001 to 2012.

In her role as a business strategist, Ahriana began her career by opening her own marketing firm in 1988. In a short period of time she was invited to partner with a London-based company to form VitAlex International Marketing. In her twenty years as its president, she designed strategies for multi-million dollar projects in the U.S., China, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Algeria, Vietnam, Maldives, Egypt, and Switzerland. She retired in 2015 in order to give more time to her ministerial and interfaith efforts.

Ahriana enjoys camping, reading, and relaxing with her sweetheart in their Rocky Mountain home, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys watercolor painting and recreational kayaking, and finds that time on the lake brings her great peace.

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Associate Minister
Julie Armour

Julie was a congregant of Unity Spiritual Center of the Rockies from 1986 to 1995. She left for Unity Village in 1995 to begin ministerial school, and was ordained as a Unity minister in 1997. Julie has served three churches: Unity of Muskegon , Michigan as senior minister for 10 years; Unity of Evergreen , Colorado as senior minister for 8 years and now as the associate minister for Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies . Also having served at Unity Worldwide Ministries in multiple capacities including one year as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Currently she is serving as Spiritual Leader of a hospice, and has for over three years. One of her new interests is becoming a certified hot yoga teacher. Julie lives with her husband Tom and her three dogs, Biju, Bonny and Lela. Julie and Tom have two children and six grandchildren. She is very grateful to have come home to Colorado Springs, where she was born and raised.
Julie is available for counseling appointments on Tuesdays from 10am-4pm, Wed. from 1-4pm and Thursdays from 10am-4pm.