A year ago on Maundy Thursday, United Methodists for Grand Island celebrated a U2charist for the first time in Grand Island. U2charist is a joining together of Eucharist – a traditional name for Holy Communion – and U2, an Irish rock band whose lyrics very often take a very spiritual and even religious tone. The response was beyond what we expected with over 300 people attending over the course of two nights at Faith UMC, and has moved us to offer U2charist again on Maundy Thursday this March 28th at 7pm at a new venue: The Grand Theatre.
So, why are we doing this? What is the point? U2 has become one of the most popular rock bands in history. With a reputation such as theirs, it seems to be oxymoronic to consider that the band may be in any way religious. And yet study of U2’s music and lyrics indicates not only that they are religious, but that they are overtly Christian. This melding of Christianity and rock music has spoken to many, and today the U2charist movement has continued to flourish as seekers and traditionalists alike have found connection with this way of worship.
So, wouldn’t you consider trying something different and new this Easter Season? Bring a friend to The Grand Theatre on March 28th at 7pm and experience Holy Week through rock music…enjoy the music, partake in Holy Communion, give back to Hope Harbor, and connect in worship.