Pagan Community in Massachusetts

March 23, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 23, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "months of walking down a cold, dirty, traffic-clogged stretch of Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge transformed Christopher Penczak into an urban pagan... Already a practicing witch, Penczak, like most pagans - those who practice earth-based religions - deeply reveres forests and pastures, not trash-littered sidewalks and MBTA bus depots. His spirit felt trapped by the concrete, but his brain had no intention of abandoning a hard-won job at a city recording studio. So he decided to redefine his notion of paganism to include his personal urban landscape: the Red Line, Boston Common, pigeons, graffiti, parking meters and all... What began as a spiritual self-preservation technique turned into Penczak's first book, City Magick: Urban rituals, spells and shamanism (Weiser Books). Late last year, two local authors followed with The Urban Primitive: Paganism in the Concrete Jungle (Llewellyn Publications) a book to help modern pagans worship the earth while living in a big city... By rough estimates, Greater Boston is home to several thousand pagans. Some practice in secret - fearing ridicule and ostracism - but connect through several well-established pagan networks, pagan student groups at MIT, Harvard, and Boston University, and a Thursday night radio program on Allston-Brighton Free Radio, 1670 AM."