|The rock group U2 led by the singer Bono, in front|
The U2charist is a new type of Anglican/Episcopalian service which contains a message about God's call to rally around these goals, in particular cutting extreme poverty in half and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015. The service is very similar to a regular Eucharist service with music by U2 rather than traditional hymns.
The original term "U2charist" is believed to have been coined by Sarah Dylan Breuer to describe a service held in
Afterwards, other churches began holding similar services, the most well known being the one that took place at St. George's,
Services attract many
That first service at
Since then worldwide attendance has grown to over 9,000, and monies raised are close to 70,000 U.S. dollars, with 500 different churches contacting
U2 songs played at a 'U2charist'
A typical U2charist service opens with the singing of
The song 40 is sung afterwards, followed by the confession and absolution, the singing of When Love Comes to Town in celebration of the absolution, and the peace. Love and Peace or Else is sung during the offertory, Yahweh and Miracle Drug are sung during communion, followed by a prayer, benediction and Beautiful Day is sung as the closing hymn.
Although there is an offertory none of the money is for the parish. Money collected is to be donated to a charity or multiple charities supporting the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals to wipe out extreme poverty, hunger and HIV/AIDS.
Universal and ASCAP decided that there was no need for a parish to have licences for the U2 songs played as long as all monies raised were donated to charity. Part of the purpose of these services is to raise awareness of and rally around the goals, so it only seems logical that the proceeds would go towards them.
It would be great to have a youth presence from outside of