ERC testimonial: Ellen Aasland Reinertsen

Ellen ReintertsenEllen Aasland Reinertsen, 38 years old. Lives in Oslo, Norway, where she works as a Lutheran minister in the Norwegian Folks Church. She has studied theology, psychology and intellectual history at The University of Oslo and Bergen and at Universität Wien. During her student years Ellen was active in the Norwegian SCM, a bit in EHG in Vienna, went to several conferences arranged by WSCF-Europe and the Northern- and Central European Subregions, and served a period as Gender- and Education Coordinator in WSCF-Europe. 

I remember discussions and often quarrelling during the days at conferences and ERC meetings. And dancing during the nights! I had some wonderful years as Gender – and Educations coordinator in the European Regional Committee of WSCF. I was lucky to be part of planning two conferences: A gender conference on body and sexuality in Amsterdam and a theological conference, of course with gender perspectives, in Paris. We also had a consultation on Sexual Harassment in Oslo. I enjoyed working with so many clever people from all over Europe. And I am amazed about what we were able to do. We had really bold, controversial themes in Amsterdam and to the conference in Paris we almost got the famous philosopher Paul Riceur as keynote speaker. I learned a lot about organizing and about gender views and strategies. I experienced some things about how difficult it can be to be together when we so heavily disagree. I was a feminist before I became a gender coordinator, but my years in the ERC taught med to have and look for a gender perspective and gender justice in all areas of life. That is valuable for me as I now work in the church of Norway, as a mother and as a citizen. But most of all: I formed valuable friendship, often surprising friendships, across boarders of nationality, churches and views on gender. Thank you WSCF-Europe for educating discussions, lovely friendships and a lot of good dancing!

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