Connections (Journal)
Connections is one of a small number of newsstand magazines
serving the Neo-Pagan community. Founded in 1993 as an expression
of Paganism in the Denver, Colorado, area, by the end
of the decade it had gained national circulation and at the beginning
of the new millennium it was adopted as the organ of
the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS).
CUUPS traces its history to the emergence of Pagans within the
very diverse interfaith fellowship of contemporary Unitarian
Universalism (which also includes Buddhist, Humanist, and
Christian contingents). A Pagan network was formed in 1986
and CUUPS formally accepted as an affiliate by the Unitarian
Universalist Association. A quarterly newsletter was launched to
keep CUUPS members informed. The legitimacy provided Pagans
by its association with the Unitarian Universalists made
CUUPS attractive to many, and it grew rapidly.
Robin Woodsong had an evangelical Christian background
and in his late teens he attended a Bible college with the idea
of becoming a pastor. However, he became disillusioned with
Christianity and as a young adult turned to Paganism. Settling
in Colorado, he became a leader in the relatively large Denver
area community that through the 1980s supported a WiccaPagan-oriented
bookstore. In 1989 he met his future wife,
Summer, at a Pagan festival. Together they began Connections
in 1993.
Connections is issued quarterly and each issue is built around
a set of feature articles on topics of interest to Witches and Pagans.
These range from interviews with leaders in the community
to articles on magick, Witchcraft, Pagan ethics, and sexuality.
There are few regular columns though space is given to
an advice column and letters to the editors.
Connections was adopted by CUUPS at the end of the 1990s
and the initial issue reflecting the new sponsorship of the magazine
appeared in the spring of 2000. This change also occurred
as CUUPS headquarters moved from Boston, Massachusetts,
to Cincinnati, Ohio. Connections is now published at
8190A Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255-3154. It has an
Internet site at
Connections. Cincinnati, Ohio, n.d.
Connections. March 14,