About Roger

Ordained Chaplain

Rev. Roger Butts is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister serving as a Staff Chaplain at Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs.

The Great Surmise says simply this: At the heart of all creation lies a good intent, a purposeful goodness, from which we come, by which we live our fullest, to which we shall at last return. And this is the supreme reality of our lives.

Carl Scovel

Roger Butts – My Story

As I age, one foot is committed to human dignity and human rights. I have long been an activist. My other foot, and this is fairly recent, is committed to the contemplative path. Maybe in the last 10 years. I went to Wesley Seminary in DC and loved it. I served churches in Davenport, Iowa and in Colorado Springs before becoming a chaplain. My wife is a minister in the United Church of Christ. I am especially interested in the work of Thomas Merton. I facilitate a centering prayer group in the Black Forest of Colorado Springs.

Books & Publications

Contemplative Prayer

Roger is a contributor to Conversations with the Sacred: A collection of prayers

Bringing alive the heartfelt words and artwork contributed by creators diverse in spiritual perspective and identity, Conversations with the Sacred is a moving testimony to the power of prayer. Prayers of love, lamentation, justice, inspiration, and transcendence—all are here, thoughtfully selected by editors Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Kelleher. Whatever your relationship to prayer, whether it comes naturally, you have a complicated history with it, or you have never prayed before, Conversations with the Sacred is a powerful and accessible resource for anyone looking to explore or deepen a spiritual practice of reflection or prayer.