The students in my class have the following assignment:
Choose one of the following and write an essay.
1) Discuss five to ten U2 songs and why they are spiritually significant to you personally. Describe how each song has affected you on a theological, spiritual and personal level.
2) Do a narrative interview of two or three individuals who have been following the work of U2 for at least twenty years each. Let them tell stories of how U2 has impacted them spiritually. Discuss their favorite songs and how the songs have been spiritually significant.
I decided that I shouldn't ask the students to do anything I'm not willing to do, so I wrote the same paper they are required to write. My discussion of spiritually significant songs includes "40," "Bad," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Van Diemen's Land," "Until the End of the World," "Walk On," and others. If you would like to see why these songs are personally relevant on a spiritual level, you can download my paper here.
A couple of notes: I created this document as an example of what I was looking for from the students so it's somewhat formal, though still reflective in nature. Also, I resisted the temptation to rank these songs; they are all so important, and there could be many more. This was a much harder assignment than I thought it would be!
Please leave comments adding your own spiritually meaningful songs!