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The gospel according to U2

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West March 22, 2007 10:23 AM

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Members of U2 at a recent concert
(Reuters photo by Stephen Hird)

FRAMINGHAM

The Irish rock band U2 will have a place at the pulpit on April 29 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Framingham.

Its one of a growing number of Episcopal churches hosting "U2charist" services, which weave in recordings of hit U2 songs with a spiritual bent, such as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "One," "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and "Yahweh," into the traditional liturgy.

Song lyrics will be displayed on a large screen, so that congregants without the band's hit already in their iPod can join in.

About 200 Episcopal churches in the United States and overseas have hosted a U2charist, and reported attendance figures rivaling, even exceeding, traditional Sunday morning services.

Collections taken during the special U2 services go to charities fighting poverty, famine, and HIV/AIDS. Participants are also asked to sign on to the ONE Campaign e-mail project, which mobilizes members when foreign aid bills go before Congress.

Read more about U2charist services in today's Globe West...

-- Erica Noonan


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