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River of Faith

Photo: River of Faith: A book offering historical perspectives on the Foundation

The IFEWU is pleased to announce the publication of River of Faith: A Historical Perspective of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University, a 240-page book authored by Dr. Chang Hyun Shin Geer (Education, ’57) and published by Ewha Womans University Press.

Describing a compassionate partnership of global dimensions, River of Faith is an inspirational story of how Ewha Womans University emerged as Christians in Korea and North America joined over generations to address the needs of impoverished girls and women through education. This historical perspective of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University embodies the mission and the importance of institution-building through multi-generational and global-scale education movements with Korean and North American components. River of Faith is a metaphor for a stream of compassion begun from its source two millennia ago that now flows to and through Ewha Womans University. Integral to the River of Faith story was a broad-based “Woman’s Work for Woman” movement conceived, conducted, and financed by Methodist women in the late 19th century in North America. The International Foundation was established in 1970 to assist Ewha in fulfilling Dr. Helen Kim’s dream of internationalism in which all people, including women and regardless of national boundaries, fully participate. That supportive partnership continues, ever more strongly, as Ewha Womans University transforms from “the receiving university to a giving university.” The River of Faith does not end at Ewha; the reality is that it grows in depth, breadth, and strength as it flows through Ewha.

Copies of River of Faith are available through the IFEWU office. Copies may be provided at no cost, but we welcome your tax-deductible contribution if you wish to support Ewha.

이화여자대학교 국제재단 40년사를 다룬 <River of Faith> (신장현 저, 이화여자대학교 출판부)가 출간되었다. <River of Faith> 는 한국과 북미주의 기독교인들이 가난한 여성들의 교육을 위해 힘을 모아 어떻게 이화여자대학교의 성장을 도왔는지 그 감동의 이야기를 담고 있다. 이화여자대학교 국제재단의 역사는 세대를 넘고 지역을 넘는 국제적인 기관의 중요성과 목적을 잘 보여준다. <River of Faith> 라는 제목은 2천년전 시작된 물줄기가 19세기 북미주 감리교 여성들의 “여성을 위한 여성의 사역” 운동을 거쳐, 이화여자대학교로 이어지는 과정을 은유한다. 1970년 국제재단의 설립은 김활란 박사의 국제주의라는 꿈이 현실화되는 일이기도 했다. 이제 이 물줄기는 “도움받던 대학에서 도움주는 대학으로” 변하고 있는 이화여자대학교를 통해 계속 흐르게 될 것이다.

<River of Faith> 는 이화여자대학교 국제재단 사무실을 통해 구할 수 있다.