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. or

Associate Minister

The Rev. Roger Butts is an associate minister at Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies. He is also a full-time staff chaplain at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs. Roger, a 2002 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., has a particular interest in systematic theology. Roger has served churches in Davenport, Iowa, and in Colorado Springs. His clinical pastoral education occurred at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Maryland and at Penrose-St. Francis. While studying at Wesley, Roger was a chaplain at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore.

Roger loves the radical hospitality and the broad inclusivity of Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies as well as its emphasis on the power of prayer. He especially enjoys working with the Unity Men's Group.

Roger served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, where he writes regularly for the "Wednesday Word," and on the board of the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance. He is 1st vice president of the local branch, 4001, of the NAACP. Among his life's passions is his work to end the death penalty.

Roger's prayers have been published in the anthologies How We Are Called and Sources of Our Faith, both published by Skinner House Press, and his recent essay "Carl Scovel Saved My Life" was published in Testimony also from Skinner House. He blogs at Roger's wife, the Rev. Marta Fioriti, is a United Church of Christ minister and is the newly called minister of Black Forest Community Church, United Church of Christ. He and Marta have a black lab named Gracie, and three amazing kids: Norah, 15; Nick, 14; and Nina, 11.

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