Episcopalians have started a new eucharist service, to raise money and resources to end global poverty.
It is called the U2Charist. While listening to the music of Bono and U2, the congregation sings, claps, stands, dances, takes Eucharist, thinks about Jesus, listens to a sermon about “God’s call to rally around the Millennium Development Goals” and then donates money.
I support any group who recognizes there is poverty in the world and that we’re obligated as people and as Christians to do something about this. But I hate this. Why?
Because U2 is OVERplayed. Every time a U2 song comes on the radio, I get angry because I’ve heard the song what? a thousand times before? Enough already. I liked them in the 80s and early 90s. They did a lot for new wave music. Bono has done worlds of good raising awareness and money for AIDS, inequality, poverty to which I am very grateful. But I’m tired of your music Bono. 20 years tired.
I have a list of songs I would be happy if I never heard again. U2 pops up all over that list.
Also, though many Episcopal priests claim Bono’s lyrics to be about Christ and Christianity, they’re wrong. Where the Streets have no name is not about Galilee.
Also it’s not very creative. I mean the name U2charist is pretty funny. Props for that. But if all you can think of to inspire love, obligation and donation to the poor of the world in the heart of a Christian, is playing “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” then go back to God and get some more inspiration. What about Oprahcharist? Or Brangelinacharist? Or hello? Jesuscharist?
Seriously, I’m jealous of every congregation I see that’s involved in this sort of thing. I know individual Mormons that take Jesus’ and King Benjamin’s commands to take care of the poor very seriously but not wards. Not stakes. And not our church as a whole, at least not that I’m aware of. And that makes me envious of my Protestant/Catholic (okay and some Buddhists too) friends who go to church, talk about these issues and raise money or resources to do something about it.
But don’t use U2. Use Jesus or Paul or Moses. Mormons love Jesus, let’s end global poverty. Can someone write a hymn for that? You can even use that line in the chorus. It can even be the sacrament hymn. Just don’t let it be Bono. Or Janice Kapp Perry.