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VTS Welcomes the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler to Campus on October 29

10/18/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, Va. - On October 29, 2013, the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary will host an event to benefit Christians in Peshawar, Pakistan. All are encouraged to attend, regardless of faith affiliation. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, president of Edwardes College, a church-related institution in Peshawar.

This event has been prompted by the recent attack on Christians there. On September 22, suicide bombers struck All Saints Church, Peshawar, as worshippers were leaving. More than one-hundred persons died, and nearly two-hundred were injured.

Many of those who died were the principal source of income for their families. Some held notable leadership roles in education, professional life, and the church. Amid their grief, whole families, and the Christian community generally, face uncertain futures. Already threatened by extremism, they confront economic and social loss as well.

"We at Virginia Theological Seminary and in the Center for Anglican Communion Studies are honored to host this event," said the Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D. ,D.Phil., director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and assistant professor of Christian Mission. "We are convinced of its importance as a means to provide some practical help to those who have suffered and continue to suffer in the aftermath of September 22 and as a means to demonstrate our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Peshawar."

Christians in Pakistan are a tiny minority of this Muslim-majority nation. Relations between Christians and Muslims have usually been good. But Pakistan, and Peshawar in particular, are the front lines of the war on terror. The violence of a few wreaks great damage.

The event on October 29 is a demonstration of the Seminary’s support for rebuilding lives in Peshawar and presents an opportunity for the wider community to be part of that. A $20 donation will be requested and further opportunity for donations will be made available at the event. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lettie Pate Evans Room at the Seminary. Dr. Presler will make a presentation on the current situation in Peshawar and be available for questions and further discussion.

Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. Please note space is limited and those wishing to attend must contact the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at cacs@vts.edu.
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Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.