Coalition of Hollywood professionals to pray for end to writers' strike

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Even as striking Hollywood writers and studios were discussing plans to return to the bargaining table, an interdenominational coalition has announced plans to hold weekly prayer sessions.

The first of the prayer events was scheduled for Jan. 24.

In addition to the prayer effort, the meetings were also designed to provide practical support and counseling to the writers, actors, producers and other affected entertainment professionals.

The work stoppage, prompted by divisions over royalty agreements for Internet and DVD sales of TV programming, began on Nov. 5.

"As people of faith, we needed to do something to respond to the terrible hardship that the strike is causing in the lives of so many people," producer Karen Covell, national director of the Hollywood Prayer Network, said in a news release. "We want to create an opportunity for people of any stripe to come in and find people who care about them so they know they aren't alone."

The idea of the coalition prayer meetings generated with Kim Dorr, the associate pastor of entertainment ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Dorr is a longtime talent agent in the Hollywood area.

According to organizers, the event will be open to a variety of Christian denominations and will offer a place for fellowship, comfort and support. The meetings will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Mears Center at the First Presbyterian Church until the strike is resolved.

In addition to Dorr and the Hollywood Prayer Network, the coalition includes Barbara Nicolosi, a writer who serves as executive director of Act One Inc., a Hollywood-based nonprofit that trains Christians for work in secular films and television.

"Our industry is paralyzed right now by scapegoating, anger and anxiety," Nicolosi said. "If we humble ourselves, and repent of the greed and fear in our own lives, maybe God will intervene and relieve the hardness of hearts that is keeping this strike going."

For more information, contact Dorr by e-mail at Kim@belairpres.org or by calling (818) 231-8767.