Renaissance|LA Summer Training Sessions

Hello All!
We here at Holywood have been blessed to be connected with a group in Los Angeles named “Renaissance|LA.” They have been vetted as a “faith-friendly” acting, filmmaking, and creative art program that we endorse.

We wanted to share the information about their upcoming session and invite you all to be a part of it. Check it out!

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Renaissance|LA is committed to training and raising up the next generation (ages 12-20) of creative artists through the incredible resources available in the city of Los Angeles.

Acting, Voice Over, Performing Arts, Writing for Film & TV

Video Game Streaming & Digital Entertainment and Business

Dance, Choreography, Rap, Singing, Music & Spoken Word

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) & Music Video Production

Fine Art, Graphic Design, Marketing, Mass Communications

SUMMER TOTAL EMERGENCE WITH ROYAL RENAISSANCE – $99 PER SESSION SPECIAL!!!

SUMMER PACKAGE DISCOUNT: 3 months upfront at $700 w/ 2 sessions a week + Group calls

Industry Professional Connects, Curriculum, Textbooks and Media Pack – worth over $2,000!

What distinguishes our program with others is that we commit ourselves to the specific equipping of students with the wisdom and financial understanding to establish and develop their career in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and understand the cultural intricacies of Los Angeles. Our program comprehensively exposes students to all five fields of New Media & Traditional Entertainment.

The Founders have a collective 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry working as entertainment professionals in marketing, legal contracts, literary and talent agency, theatrical performance, film, television & commercial acting, production design, directing, & investment.

We will have weekly on-line meetings, management coaching and strategy calls, immersive workshops in LA, and an annual conference.

JOIN NOW & RESERVE YOUR SPOT: SUMMER SESSION STARTS JUNE 10th

90 minute classes 1-3 days a week on Zoom from June through August – Monday, Wednesday, Fridays

For more information please email us at renaissancelangels@gmail.com.

Focus on Faith – Islam

During the holy month of Ramadan, we are going to take the opportunity to teach more about the practices of Islam and how they impact the lives of Americans.

Why are we taking the time to do this? Hollywood, by definition, has always been an incredibly open and welcoming community of all diversities and backgrounds. However, today in the year 2019, the least represented population in Hollywood is, by far, Islam. Our attempt here is to practice the golden rule and help to share information about Islam with those who may not know anything about it or have misconceptions and/or misinformation.

This video here, from the Pew Research Center titled, “Being Muslim in the US” is a really helpful resource alongside the Pew published Research around Islam found here: “Islamic Religious Beliefs and Practices.”

The pillars of Islamic practice are fairly simple:
shahādah, the Muslim profession of faith;
ṣalāt, or prayer, performed in a prescribed manner five times each day;
zakāt, the alms tax levied to benefit the poor and the needy;
ṣawm, fasting during the month of Ramadan;
and hajj, the major pilgrimage to Mecca, if financial and physical conditions permit.

Our next post will feature tips and tricks for flourishing during the holy month of Ramadan. One does not necessarily have to be Muslim to participate in Ramadan and we encourage all people of faith and spiritual yearning to experience Ramadan for themselves.

With most things in Islam, like going for the spiritual pilgrimage of Hajj or even praying the five daily prayers, fasting starts with making a du’a, or prayer, for intending to fast, which is called the niyyat. This prayer serves as a notice to God that you intend with your heart and soul to fast during Ramadan for His pleasure. It can be done once before the month begins, or it is recommended to be done every morning at suhoor, the pre-dawn meal before fasting begins.

You basically just state to yourself (as God is your witness) your intention to fast, in whatever language you speak. For example, you can say to yourself, “Oh Allah, I intend to fast today in accordance with your laws and for your benefit. Please accept my fast, forgive my faults, and bring me closer to you.”

Source: “Fasting Rules from Islamic Laws” by Ayatullah Seestani and “Lectures on Fiqh” by Maulana Sadiq Hasan

This article from Cornell University has some great pointers about fasting from dawn to dusk: Ramadan Kareem!

Lastly, here are some of the prayers used by Muslims throughout the day along with the times they pray:
Salat al-fajr: dawn, before sunrise
Salat al-zuhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest
Salat al-‘asr: the late part of the afternoon
Salat al-maghrib: just after sunset
Salat al-‘isha: between sunset and midnight

Here is an example of the structure of prayer observed, some of which come from a great resource to learn about Islam called Beliefnet.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.
“Allah is the Greatest” (repeated four times).

Ashhadu al la ilaha illa-llah.
Ashhadu al la ilaha illa-Ilah.
“I bear witness that nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah (repeated twice).

Ashhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulu-Ilah,
Ashhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulu-Ilah.
“I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” (repeated twice).

Hayya ‘ala-s-sala,
Hayya ‘ala-s-sala.
“Come to prayer” (repeated twice, turning the face to the right).

Hayya ‘ala-l-falah,
Hayya ‘ala-I-falah.
“Come to success” (repeated twice, turning the face to the left).

Allahu Akbar,
Allahu Akbar.
“Allah is the Greatest” (repeated twice).

La illaha illa-llah.
“Nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah”.

The following sentence is added in the call to the morning prayer after hayya ‘ala-l-falah:

As-salatu khairum-min-an-naum,
As-salatu khairum-min-an-naum.
“Prayer is better than sleep” (repeated twice).

When the call to prayer is finished, the crier as well as the hearers make a petition in the following words:

Allahum-ma Rabba hadhihi-d-da ‘wati-t-tammati wa-s-salati-I-qa’imati ati Muhammada-ni-l wasilata wa-l-fadzilata waddarajata-rrati’ata wa-b’athhu maqqmam mahmudan-illadhi wa’adta-hu.

“O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and ever-living prayer, grant to Muhammad nearness and excellence and raise him to the position of glory which Thou hast promised him.”

“Allahuma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu wa ‘ala rizq-ika aftarthu.”

Oh Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with your sustenance.”

“Allahumma inni as’aluka birahmatika al-lati wasi’at kulli shay’in an taghfira li.”

Oh Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.

“Rabbigh fir war hum wa anta khair ur rahimeen.”

Oh my Lord and Sustainer please forgive me and be merciful to me. You are the best amongst those who show mercy.

This prayer is meant to be recited during the second ten days of Ramadan – which begins in 3 days on Thursday, May 16th through May 26th.

“Allahumma innaka afuwun tuhibbul afuwa faafu anna.”

Oh Allah indeed you are the greatest pardoner and you like the act of pardoning. Hence, please forgive us.

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/islam/2009/08/ten-prayers-for-ramadan.aspx?p=3#7I9ScOCrfEJyFKmF.99

For those who just can’t get enough of praying, here are 30 prayers for the 30 days of Ramadan!
30 Days of Personal Islamic Prayers and Devotions

And, lastly, here are two examples of interfaith and inter-religious dialogue and perspective for both Jews and Christians.

This article from The Times of Israel helps describe how 180,000 Muslims peacefully came together to pray at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem over the weekend. 180,000 Muslims Pray Peacefully.

This website, sponsored by a Christian ministry, includes a sincere, open, and respectful view of how to pray for Muslims all around the world from the Christian perspective: 30 Days Prayer.

Regardless of your faith, will you please join us today in praying for Muslim people world-wide and for a peaceful and spiritually productive and awakening month of Ramadan?

Shurkaan (Thank you).

Holywood Presents: New Media Parenting (NMP)

As a portion of our Holywood blog, we are going to expand ourselves into a new section for the summer that we hope will be both informative and exciting for those who have been following our normal posts on the progress of good news happening in Hollywood. In fact, we consider the focus on parenting and family to be the center of all good news since media and entertainment are truly branches of education and the purpose of education is to bolster and buttress the institutional fabrics of family and human relationships. Walt Disney himself said it best, “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”

There is a pedagogy of entertainment and for any parent living in the 21st century, 2019 in particular, we must be aware of the prevailing theories and assumptions about ourselves and our families that those who produce and market media are functioning from. Pedagogy, by the way, is just a fancy word for any method of practice of teaching. Since we are living in an intense era of information, constantly being bombarded with content, ideas, images, sounds, questions and assumptions.

Much of what we’ve tried to do here at Holywood is give reports about family-friendly media that strengthens the spiritual basis for our closest and most important relationships. We’ve evolved a lot – going from a niche view into a larger focus outside of a single group of people of faith and are happy with the results. This next step is an attempt to focus on the scientific theories and practices that bring about an even larger inclusivity to our focus. Instead of making categorical belief, language, or culture a determining factor for being a part of “Holywood”, we want to expand our tents to include anyone and everyone who is searching for a better way to specifically understand media and entertainment trends and how they impact family dynamics and learning. This doesn’t mean we are going to leave behind our faith-based frameworks and perspective – but it does mean we are going to have more of a focus on the practical application of those frameworks in our own lives and families.

For instance, we are looking into launching a Facebook Group dedicated to the understanding of top parenting techniques, strategies and tools to help in the era of “New Media.” The group will be called “New Media Parenting.” We will also have a monthly newsletter with a summary of our discoveries delivered into your inbox at the end of each month. We will also be having Zoom calls dedicating to understanding parenting in a new media age facilitated by members of our team.

These are the sections we will cover:

HEALTHY CONSUMPTION (MEDIA & MORE)
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
CREATIVE ARTS & CULTURAL DIVERSITY
LANGUAGE & INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

We are looking forward to embarking on this adventure with you and any other parents who are intent on understanding the underlying influences and opportunities in standards, boundaries, and utilization of new media for parenting in the 21st century.

Let us know your ideal way of receiving the information: In weekly blog posts, as a monthly newsletter, as a monthly podcast, or as a weekly vlog. We’ll try to accommodate all learning styles!

Onward and upward – the heights of Holywood are marvelous to behold!

Announcing the New Interfaith-Entertainment Training Chaplains Program

Dear Followers,
We are so excited to announce the new interfaith entertainment chaplaincy training program here in Los Angeles! This program, still in its nascent stages, would partner spiritual chaplains of the main-three monotheistic religions within a local entertainment context for a full 4 month internship program that would have them working on and in the entertainment environment which ideally would be a major motion picture, game, or advertising studio/agency. The purpose of this initiative, which we are hoping to launch by the end of 2019 and prepare for placement in the year 2020 is several-fold. But before we explain that, we’ll first give our mission statement. The mission statement of the IETC program is to empower creative ministers of the three-major monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Islam and Christianity) to work as chaplains in the field of entertainment, as well as counsel, consult, guide, and serve local congregations that are intentionally pursuing the use of media and creative content for the purpose of sharing truthful witness (according to the common threads found in The Old Testament, New Testament, and Koran) about God’s love for humanity.

1). The basis for moral and spiritual integrity within media and entertainment has always come from well-established, connected and kind people of faith who took a sincere interest in the developing of the best possible content. These relationships have eroded, especially in the last 35 years or so, and we aim to re-build them with a new vision: Allow Love and service to be the core motive in everything an interfaith entertainment chaplain does. These chaplains will speak to employees, pray and minister to those who ask for it, help solve larger problems in the organization through prophetic insight and wisdom, serve as historical back-ground and fact checkers when it comes to any and all content that involves religion, faith, or the like.

2). The training program which precedes studio placement will include several months (3-5) of on-line courses, homework, writing, curriculum development, and strategy blueprinting on behalf of the chaplain to meet the cultural, moral, emotional and spiritual needs of the community they are inserted into. Some of the core teachings will come from the book of Daniel found in the Talmud, but also teachings from the New Testament and Koran will also inform the training.

3). An APPLICATION FORM will soon be available – but in the meantime please take the time to pray and listen if this is right for you or someone you know.

4). There needs to be a proper vetting system for who and how individuals are brought into the entertainment ecosystem in the context of the practicing of faith in application and context. This program, hopefully associated with Claremont School of Theology, will end in an accredited certificate and credential that can be presented to the studios. Once approved by both studios and a School of Theology, this initiative will serve as a go-between and help to build healthy, supportive, and inspiring relationships between the creative worlds and the worlds of faith research and learning. Ideally, the studios will agree to at least one, maybe two, chaplains for a 2-3 month period at least twice a year starting off. If there is a higher demand from the entertainment side, we will help to meet that demand.

Please, any and all questions about our program can be asked through this website in the comments section. Or you can request to be put onto the monthly newsletter for Holywood which will soon include surveys that directly relate to this subject and program.

Thank you for your continued support and interest!

What God is Doing in Holywood – 4/18/19

Hello Holywood!
There’s been no shortage of beauty and love beaming down from heaven this week and we’re happy to let you know more in-depth detail about what that has looked like across the three traditional Monotheistic faiths. Here we go!

Judaism
Although the purpose of Holywood is not to engage in politics, there comes a time when the spiritual components and faith-based approached to governance is highlighted on television broadcast to millions of people and for this we should rejoice. This link to Jewish candidate for President, Marianne Williamson, has a beautiful clip quoting a scripture from the Talmud which is also found in the Holy Bible, Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” The quote is used in this CNN video and its worth celebrating: Marianne Williamson on CNN. The interview segment also addresses a book called the Course of Miracles which, although written in Christian language, is so without dogma or doctrine that the speaker, Miss Williamson, was completely smitten by it and had to keep reading and learning more. It’s the spiritual principles mentioned in the interview that we know govern Holywood and these principles fully transcend man-made religion, social or religious expectation, and shallow belief or contrary-thinking. She mentions that the study of these kinds of texts made her a better Jewish person, and for this we rejoice that exists a broad spectrum of faith which makes room for emphasis to be on the practical application rather than on the prowess or display of the speaker or subject. It should be noted that Bernie Sanders, who is also running for President in 2020 on the Democratic ticket, was born Jewish but is (by his own admittance) not very religious or a stalwart practitioner of Judaism. Prayers for all of our governmental officers – including those who are running for office – are most needed in these times of mass and social media.

Islam
In the Muslim world, we can celebrate another victory for women which comes through the “Modest Fashion” trends and markets emerging into the West yet begun in Muslim countries and regions including the Gulf, Indonesia, and Malaysia. A extensive REPORT from last year shows that the modest fashion market has reached an estimated $270 billion dollars! By growth estimations, that number should surpass $300 billion for 2019. Part of the rise to fame for modest fashion has been female Muslim “influencers” on social media including Dina Tokio, Habiba Da Silva and Halima Aden who became the first Hijabi wearing fashion model to sign with a major agency.
These women are choosing to not compromise on their integrity when it comes to gaining followers on social media and this should be greatly appreciated and admired. Despite controversy when Dina Tokio began posting pictures of her without a hijab on at all times, the balance of religious devotion, fashion and freedom is no simple package and that these women are even attempting to figure it out should be majorly lauded. We are proud to promote these three models and influencers on Holywood and are happy to make others more aware of their impact on instagram and other platforms like it.

Christianity
“The War on Inaction Has Begun!” This is the motto for a Christian group called the Circuit Riders that offers group trainings for young people in how to lovingly and effectively share the gospel with others. In keeping with our trend of straying off of the mainstream path this week, we’d love to share a link to the 21 Project . This is what it says about the “media track” which students can choose based on talent and preference: The Media Track is designed to train you how to use media and visual communication skills to inspire grassroots movements. We are innovators and activists who are passionate about sharing the timeless message of Jesus in ways that this generation will receive. Through design, photography, film, cutting edge technology and social media we realize the opportunity we have to influence the world. Topics are VIDEOGRAPHY, DESIGN + BRANDING, PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIAL MEDIA + MARKETING, STORYTELLING, DEPENDENCE ON HOLY SPIRIT, COUNTER CULTURE. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? They also offer music, athletic and entrepreneurial paths, as well. Here’s a video advertisement for the experience:

What we found in common with all three faiths this week was that the power of the influencers is rising and that they are not muzzled when it comes to their faith and their love and devotion to God. This is a wonderful benefit of new media and new technology and is, certainly, worth a focused-prayer for everyone.

Heavenly Creator, thank you for raising up the seeds sown for so many years in the good soil of compassion, faith, meekness, humility, gentleness, joy and peace. Thank you for expanding the arena of voices, individual and communal, that are speaking up and out about who You are and what You do. Thank you that you are making the influence of media and art and entertainment to be for heavenly purposes with selfless and holy motives rather than rash and vain reasons that come from this world. Thank you for uniting people everywhere in spiritual rationality, acts of kindness and care, and mindful moments of prayer that allow us to see and think and feel with You. Empower a new guard of progress to carry candles of light and hope into places previously filled with darkness. Incite peaceful and well-planned action all across this earth that will stay the corrupt and wicked influences with the power and wisdom of God. Arrest the criminal influence that would use social media and new media for control, spreading negativity, and inciting hate and division. As the Hebrew Scripture says, the sentiment of which is found in all three major faiths, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).

Amen!

What God is Doing in Hollywood – 4/10/19

Hello Holywood!
We are really grateful for all of the good things happening in and around Hollywood – there is truly a major healing occurring around issues of justice, faith, and empowerment which are wonderful to celebrate. Now, let’s celebrate with the three major monotheistic faiths!

    Judaism

      Two of the major schools of Judaism come from two ancient rabbis, or teachers, of Mosaic Law. The first is Rabbi Hillel. The second is Rabbi Shammai. Although both contemporaries, there were sharp differences between the two about ritual and Torah law which has since caused for a split among their followers. Some of the disciples of the teachings of Rabbi Hillel formed a Jewish Temple in Hollywood which they call Temple Israel of Hollywood. You can follow the link and learn some of the fascinating details about its history. There are many Hillels on college campuses that also carry out the teachings of the ancient Rabbi and followers of both schools worked together to help build the Museum of Tolerance to honor Holocaust survivors in the area of Culver City in Los Angeles where Sony Studios is and where both Apple and Amazon are beginning to plant roots for their respective film and television projects. You can learn more about the Museum of Tolerance and their #hopelives campaign here: Hope Lives.

      One of their new events called “Children, Save Yourselves” will be happening next month on Sunday May 5th. It will be an afternoon with Dr. Ronald Berger who will tell the story of his father and uncle who survived the holocaust as children. Admission is free and the stories are reminders of true heroism, compassion, kindness, and the power of good to overcome evil. We welcome you to attend!

        Islam

      The Muslim world will be celebrating Ramadan in May – a time of 40 days of fasting from all food and water during daylight hours in order to purify one’s mind and body. But before we get to Ramadan, we should address an elephant in the room for this week – the Coachella Music Festival. For many years, elements of Islamic culture have been appropriated and used by the festival – including women’s head scarves and hijabs. As a sign of goodwill, we wanted to share information about the Coachella Islamic Society. For anyone wanting to experience something experiential in the realm of faith, Coachella is a kind of place of pilgrimage during this time of year. But it’s also the home to many communities of faith – Christian, Jewish and Muslim. If you are in the area, check out the Islamic Society located at 84650 Avenue 49, Coachella, California 92236. And pray for the peace, purity, progress and unity in love of all the Coachella Valley – especially during this time when many strangers from outside descend upon it for the music festival.

        Christianity

      Lastly, the Christian faith celebrates Palm Sunday this Sunday – marking the day that Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a colt that had never been ridden before. And, in the entertainment world, there are some un-ridden colts being displayed this weekend. For instance, a movie about Jesus called “Mary Magdalene” will be released in American cinemas through Lions Gate Films – but here’s the catch – it stars a woman. This is definitely an un-ridden colt and the friendship and disciple-master relationship between Mary Magdalene and Christ Jesus is the focus. You can watch the full cinematic trailer for the movie here: Mary Magdalene Movie. “The world will only change as we change. I will not be silent” is the quote that concludes the trailer.

      It’s worth taking the time now to pray for Life, for purity and inner peace for all people – starting first within the house of faith.

      “Dear God, please help us to see ourselves and others the way You see us. Help us to understand the preciousness of life in all of its forms – and the opportunity we have to partner with Life each and every day. We mourn the loss of loved ones from our families and also rejoice in the legacies and stories they have left behind with us. We pray that horrible instances of evil and terrorism and violence would not occur ever again in our nation, on earth, or for future generations. We pray for a greater sense of unity and appreciation for one another during times of trial and tribulation – and a stronger faith and purer love. Father, thank you for establishing communities and fellowships where we can gather in our respective traditions. Yet, also, help us to cross borders wherever and whenever you call us to be messengers of peace with holy purpose. For those places we cannot go, we bow in prayer and reverence to you, All-knowing and All-seeing Creator, and ask You to use other ways to reach the hearts and minds that we long to share divine messages and blessings with – even when we can’t do it ourselves. We pray for greater representation of the infinite diversity of your promises in television, film, and musical entertainment and for there to be a healthy love and interest in You from those who are making major decisions in all of those industries. Lastly, we thank you for the opportunity to celebrate all of your goodness in so many different ways. Help us to celebrate correctly, with wisdom and a focus on what is divine. Help us be instruments of ushering heaven to earth – and may we change for the better ourselves – may we use our voice for truth and justice – may we experience your love everywhere we go. And so it is because you have made it to be so. Amen.”

What God is Doing in Holywood – 4/3/19

Shalom Holywood!
As always, we are happy to be back with the good news!

Today’s post is going to be a little bit unique. Rather than talk about celebrity news or big action-packed blockbuster tabloid scoops, we are going to simply pray in each tradition’s own unique way for justice.

The essence of God’s love is felt and understood through charity. Therefore, we are going to dedicate this post to prayers for justice.

Here’s a visual to support the promises of God to help those in need of justice from the three major monotheistic faiths.

Judaism

Islam

Surat An-Nisa 4:40 – “Indeed, Allah (does) no injustice (as much as) weight (of) an atom. And if there is a good He doubles it and gives from near Him a reward great.

Surat An-Nisa 4: 135 – “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”

You can find a t-shirt that we’ve just made of this art, created by artist Robert Harkness, @ Hear T-Shirt. Please support us and pick one up!

Christianity
Lastly is a whole series of quotations from the Psalms and a worship album by Radiance International titled Radiant.

I’ve included the artwork for the non-profit “Justice Speaks” to accompany the quotes on justice. Justice Speaks is having its gala event in Beverly Hills soon on April 6th. It works on behalf of oppressed and trafficked women all over the world.

Psalms of Justice to Turn Hollywood into Holywood

Psalm 9: 9 “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Psalm 10:16-18 “The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land. Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble. You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

Psalm 12: 5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

Psalms 68: 4-6 “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity…”

Psalm 72: 1-2, 4 “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.”

Psalm 79: 11 “Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are appointed to die.”

Psalm 82: 1-4 “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 86: 1-5 “Bow down your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.”
Psalm 103: 6 “The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”

Psalm 107: 41-42 “Yet He sets the poor on high, far from afflictions, and makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth.”
Psalm 113: 4-8 “The Lord is high above the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens in the earth?”

Psalm 140: 12 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor.”

Psalm 145: 8-9 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

Psalm 146: 7-9 “(The Lord) Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”

This is all, truly, the good news of Holywood. What’s our prayer?

God of creation, Lord of heaven and earth, purveyor and King of justice, hastily come to the aid of those who are crying out for you today, tonight, impoverished and suffering from injustice. Wield your sword and hack off chains that are binding the arms, legs, and hands of those who are meant to be free. Take the veil off of the eyes of those who are oppressing them. Remove hearts of greed, lust, and control that are bringing these injustices to the city of Los Angeles and, specifically, Hollywood and replace them with hearts for you, oh God, above all else.

We thank you that you have a listening ear that never stops hearing the desires and needs of those who turn to seek your face. Come speedily and break them out of prison, comfort them with words of wisdom and peace, lift them up from the dirt and mud and clean them off and set them next to your throne with power to wield authority over their lives to do good and to speak truth in love.

Wipe away the slates and pasts of the many who have made grave mistakes. Give them confidence and understanding that you are a forgiving and a merciful God that is slow to wrath and quick to console and bless.

Let justice and equality rain over Hollywood and break any droughts of spiritual rain that is meant for this time, this season, on the lives of certain individuals, families, faith-organizations, creative artists and collectives, and unleash your favor and prosperity over them for the purpose of healing and making holy this land. Unify those who are seeking to do good and to amplify justice and confuse and scatter the organizations and bodies that are intent on doing evil.

For those who pray in Jesus’ name, we pray in Jesus name. For those who do not, we pray in the demonstrations and actions that embody the being of Christ and the lives and ministries that reflect the motives and intentions worthy of the Messiah.

Amen.