‘We are all human’: Helena arts and faith communities celebrate winter solstice

Nolan Lister

Dan Pocha and the Magpie Drummers and Dancers perform Wednesday evening at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during the annual winter solstice concert.

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Helena celebrated the winter solstice with a concert in which representatives of many faiths spoke on the importance of the season.

Despite temperatures well below zero, several dozen people attended Wednesday’s concert, honoring the longest night of the year and including performances from Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, Dan Pocha and the Magpie Drummers, and Cohesion Dance Project.

The message was one of unity.

“It is fitting that we of different religions or perhaps no religion at all come together on this special night to recognize and celebrate the changing of seasons,” said Janet Tatz, the lay leader of the Helena Jewish community. “Solstice, the returning of the light, binds us together and is the reason for the season.”

Janet Tatz explains the connections between Hanukkah and the winter solstice Wednesday evening during St.

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