Principal the Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler spoke at Harvard University on Sunday, 4 December 2011, in two addresses, one of which focused specifically on the work of Edwardes College in the context of the opportunities and challenges of Pakistan today.
The Principal addressed a Faith and Life Forum at Memorial Church on the subject, “College Work in Peshawar: Interfaith Community in a Conflicted Society.” The forum was attended by about 50 people, who posed many questions and observations about Dr. Presler's presentation, which was accompanied by a picture show. He then preached at the Sunday liturgy on the theme, “Hope in a Withering Time.”
One attendee made a substantial contribution toward scholarships for women students at Edwardes.
The invitation to speak at the church was issued by the Rev. Dr. Wendell Meyer, Acting Pusey Minister, and the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Austin, Chaplain to the University. Dr. Presler has a long connection with the university. He holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard. He was a Merill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1986, and he was a visiting lecturer at the Divinity School in 2000-02.
Memorial Church, located in the heart of Harvard Yard, the center of the university campus, is the worship center of Harvard. The university also has a number of chaplaincies, which minister through a wide variety of religions, including Islam, and Christian denominations. The university's tradition of worship goes back to its founding in 1636. For many years, worship took place in the former Appleton Chapel, which was replaced in the 20th century by Memorial Church, so named because it stands as a memorial to members of the university who served and died in the service of their country in major wars.