Materials advertising TheCry Hollywood emphasize the power and impact of the entertainment industry, and thus the importance of praying for God's influence upon it. According to its website, TheCry Hollywood will beseech God to bless those in the entertainment industry, pray for the release of "Holy Spirit inspired movies," and pray for the rescue of those involved in the sex industry. I'm admittedly puzzled by this last goal, as I do not see how it fits into TheCry Hollywood's entertainment-related theme.
In an invitation banner, TheCry Hollywood director Faytene Grasseschi discusses the objectives of the prayer rally.
"In 2001 our Prime Minister would not even mention the name of God at the 911 memorial -- he actually forbade it. Today, in 2012, Canada has a Prime Minister who is known for saying, "God bless you and God bless Canada." ... Long story short: we have literally seen the tide of a nation turn. We believe this can be directly attributed to the coordinated national prayer, reconciliation & blessing movement. God has put life and death in the power of our tongue ... Can you imagine with me what could happen if we could get hundreds of thousands of people with their hearts fixed and prayer, fasting and a spirit of faith towards Hollywood speaking life and blessing!? The potential is nothing short of massive."At the 5:25 mark of an interview with It's Your Call, Faytene Grasseschi said that, "We're going to pray for Holy Spirit-inspired media to begin to impart family values ... and really believe God to move in this industry and in this city that touches the world."
Following the rally, the This Is That Conference will take place on March 16-17 at Angelus Temple. Scheduled conference speakers include Toure Roberts, Shawn Bolz, Patricia King, Faytene & Robert Grasseschi, Sean Feucht, and Fusion ministry director Rabbi Jason Sobel, who spoke at TheCall Detroit in November 2011.
Given my lack of familiarity with TheCry, I'm eager to find out what messages will characterize TheCry Hollywood. Will the rally adopt any stance on social issues as they relate to entertainment? Will the rally resemble American events such as the Response and various TheCall rallies? We'll see.
For more information on TheCry Hollywood, visit their website. For additional commentary, visit the following links.
Talk to Action: New dominionist effort to target Hollywood with prayer
Right Wing Watch: Targeting Hollywood with Spiritual Warfare