Is this the first time…

…there’s been a full semester course on U2 at a university? Check out this description for Theology, Culture and U2 at Fresno Pacific University (Division of Biblical and Religious Studies):

The rock band U2 has delivered a consistent message of Christian faith and social justice since its 1980 debut album. The band members, heavily influenced in their early years by living in war-torn Ireland and belonging to a Christian community called Shalom, fill their music with rich biblical imagery. Lead singer Bono has become a political activist addressing global issues of poverty, inequity, fair trade, AIDS, and debt relief. In this course students will explore how U2’s message and theology interact with culture to create a unique expression of Christian faith. The course will critically examine the works of U2 and will challenge students to think theologically about current cultural issues.

Tim Neufeld, who is teaching the class, has been talking about this course on his blog Occasio. He’s posted class notes and a power point presentation from the first session.

One of the options for his students’ first assignment was to write about five or ten songs and how they are spiritually significant for them. Visitors to the blog have been commenting up a storm on this topic…it’s kind of a fun one to think about. The other option was to interview people who’ve been fans for twenty years or more. If you’re in that category, you might want to drop Tim a line…maybe the class still needs volunteers as interview subjects!

Tip o’ the hat to Beth.

3 Responses to Is this the first time…

  1. Tim Neufeld October 9, 2006 at 6:46 pm #

    Angela, thanks for the mention on your site. The course is going very well and I’m starting to give updates on my blog. I’m also planning on posting some of the students’ best papers throughout the semester. It’s a thrill to work through the U2 material with a new generation of followers! I’m very grateful for places like @U2 where we can all get reliable info on information. Thanks!

  2. Tim Neufeld October 9, 2006 at 6:55 pm #

    Oops… sorry for the typo in the last sentence of my previous comment. It should read, “…where we can all get reliable information.” Thanks again.

  3. Nameless, Faceless Love July 20, 2007 at 6:46 am #

    Angela,

    There has been more and more discussion lately about courses and articles and discussions regarding spirituality in U2’s music, hasn’t there? It is clearly there, sometimes very overtly in their earlier music, and then is beautiful parable form in recent work. For those that have “ears to hear,” the message is clear and compelling.

    I’d like to ask you, since you seem to have the same take on U2, to visit a blog posting at Nameless, Faceless Love and give it a read. It is a post about the spiritual message behind the U2 song One Love. I think you’ll find it very interesting. Here’s the link:

    http://namelessfacelesslove.blogspot.com/2007/04/love-song-to-church.html

    I hope that you continue to post here as you have in the past, Angela. It’s great to visit and see what you’ve shared here.