A U2charist service is a delightful and spiritually-filled evening of singing and dancing in fellowship for a great cause. The Saturday night Eucharistic liturgy follows Rite II and uses the music of the rock band, U2, as hymns. It features big screen projection of U2’s lyrics, in order that we may all sing along. Following the vision of U2’s leader, Bono, the purpose is to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and call people worldwide to a deeper faith and engagement with God’s mission. The featured U2 songs include “One” from Achtung Baby, which represents the band’s most explicit appeal to support the development goals, “Beautiful Day” from All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and “Yahweh,” from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Those participating in the service may choose to donate in support of the SDGs. All of the money raised will be used as scholarship funds for children supported by St. Peter’s mission partners, the St. Francis Outreach Trust, the Love Quilt Project, and the Dominican Development Group (DDG). Together, St. Peter’s, The Love Quilt Project, and the St. Francis Trust provide housing and education for children orphaned and abandoned due to HIV/AIDs in Masiphumelele in the western Cape, South Africa. Through the DDG, the St. Peter’s Dominican Republic Mission supports impoverished children attending the Niño Jesus school in Montellano and Mosovi, Dominican Republic, in further partnership with two local parishes, Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen and Divina Gracia. These efforts help achieve SDG Goal One, to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, and SDG Goal Four, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.