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JANUARY 18–25, 2024

PREPARATION: Press Release Sample

2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Here are some general guidelines for preparing a press release:

  1. Type the release, double spaced, with at least one-inch margins on top, bottom and sides.
  2. If more than one page is used, each page should include your headline in uppercase lettering followed by the page number in the upper left corner; e:g:, ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE/1.
  3. A sentence or paragraph should not be carried over to the next page.
  4. Use hyphens only when they are part of a word; do not use them as a space-saver at the end of a line.
  5. Contact the press group, paper, station, etc. to determine the amount of lead time required for your release and to identify the person to whom the release is to be sent.
  6. If no specific person is given, address your press release to the editor or religion editor.

Sample Press Release

For Immediate Release

January (date), 2024

For further information:
(Name of Contact Person)
(Office Telephone Number)
(Home Telephone Number)

Ecumenical Prayer Service Celebrates Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

(Your City, State and Date)                 (number)          congregations, representing      (number)  Christian denominations, will come together for an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God on    (Day)       (Date)   .
The service, which will be held as part of the area’s observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will take place at    (Location)    beginning at   (Time)  .

        (Name)                 (Title)            , will deliver the message.  Special music will be provided by      (Choirs, and/or Soloists)      .

Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world.

The theme for the 2024 observance is “You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbor as yourself” (cf. Luke 10:27). The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted, and published for use in the USA by Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

The      (City or Neighborhood)        service is sponsored by        (Sponsoring Group)      .   The public is cordially invited.