I got this a while back and tried to block it out. But then a seminary friend (a non-Episcopalian) emailed me to see if I had gotten it and wondering why in the world he had. I told him it was an evangelistic outreach to those of a “younger” generation. You know, those of us without false teeth.
I admit to hating these sorts of things with a passion, not so much because they use different types of music, but because plays into so much bad thinking in our religious culture today. And I absolutely hate the moniker “U2charist,” and see it as illustrating very well an underlying frivolity and disrespect toward the Lord’s Supper
Maybe I’m just a stick in the mud, but I went through one of that during my EFM training my senior year at Sewanee, and it was enough to make me believe in purgatory. Here’s the email:
All Saints’ Chapel at the University of the South invites you to a special “U2CHARIST” service on April 13, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in Sewanee, Tenn. The U2CHARIST – named after the rock band U2 and the Holy Eucharist – incorporates the Irish performers’ music and lyrics with the traditional elements of the Episcopal Church service. The music in this service is replete with the message of global reconciliation, justice for the poor and oppressed, and the importance of caring for one’s neighbor, particularly the most vulnerable and most in need.
The goal of U2CHARIST services is to help educate the public about the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Episcopal Church’s ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. Global MDG ambassador Bono, the lead singer of U2, is calling people worldwide to a deeper faith and engagement with God’s mission.
MDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2000, when it pledged to eradicate extreme poverty and disease by the year 2015. Offerings collected during the service will be given to an organization that works to support the Millennium Development Goals. Canned goods will be collected and donated to local food banks. Last year’s event in Sewanee raised over $4,600 to support the Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment, an international group located in Haiti, and the Community Action Committee, a Sewanee outreach program that offers groceries, assistance with utility bills, and financial counseling to those in need.
Questions? Please contact: Peg Palisano, Church Communicat ions Director
The School of Theology
Now, all these are laudable goals. But couldn’t they be pursued without such kitsch? In honor of the Sewanee “U2charist” I offer you the site for the rest of us: Bono Fatigue