Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, set up a memory corner for students and alumni who were killed in a bombing in September 2013 at All Saints’ Church, also in Peshawar. Photo courtesy of Titus Presler
The headline of an Anglican News Service article read, “Church of Pakistan college principal beaten.”
I am that principal.
Before the attack there were other acts of intimidation and violence as the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a Pakistani province known for religious extremism, intensified its attempt to seize control of the only college still nominally under the management of the Church of Pakistan. Religious freedom is at stake, for the Pakistan constitution provides that all religious groups have the right to manage their own institutions.
Titus Presler is principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He formerly served as president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. His latest book is Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference (Morehouse).