April 3, 2006


The gospel according to U2 and Bono (STEPHEN MCGINTY , 4/03/06, The Scotsman)

BONO has declared that he is not a man of the cloth, "unless that cloth is leather". But the words of the charismatic U2 front man are nevertheless ringing out from pulpits across the United States.

The Irish rock band's songs and lyrics are being used by the Episcopal Church in so-called "U2 Eucharists" as a means of attracting young people who relate to the group's social activism.

Earlier attempts by churches to connect to youth culture have usually involved ministers in open-toed sandals strumming acoustic guitars and singing Kumbaya to the general embarrassment of all. Yet, in parishes from California to Maine, worshippers are flocking to hear U2 classics such as Beautiful Day, Pride and Peace on Earth rolled into a service of prayer.

However, ear plugs are passed out with the Bibles and hymn sheets for those who prefer organ music.

The U2 Eucharist was devised by the Rev Paige Blair, a parish priest in York Harbor, Maine, and it has since spread through word-of-mouth and on clerical websites.

How about using The Blind Boys of Alabama's version of Prince's The Cross in services?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 3, 2006 7:36 AM

"With or without you" sounds about right for the great neo-con(gregationalist) conspiracy.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 3, 2006 7:57 AM

"All Because of You" from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Gospel music that kicks Satan's butt.

Posted by: Mike Morley at April 3, 2006 8:27 AM