PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At some Episcopal Church services, hymns are out and U2 is in.Â
The Irish rock band’s songs blared from speakers at recent a “U2 Eucharist” service in Providence, R.I., where 130 worshipers were offered fluorescent glow sticks and earplugs.Â
In Episcopal parishes from California to Maine, believers are weaving U2’s biblically laced music into the denomination’s traditional liturgy.Â
The Rev. Robert Brooks said the Rhode Island service was meant to attract young people and those interested in social activism.
It included an offering for local charities and for The ONE Campaign, an AIDS relief and anti-poverty effort that’s backed by U2’s lead singer, Bono.
In February, Bono spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, which was attended by President George W. Bush and members of Congress.Â Link
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