Inger Lise Olsen was presented with The King’s Medal on 16 June. Photo: The Swedish Royal Court/Henrik Garlöv
The Church of Sweden’s Policy Advisor for Gender Issues, Inger Lise Olsen, has been presented withH.M. The King’s Medal, 8th size on a light blue ribbon.
A happy and proud Inger Lise Olsen received the medal from The King “for outstanding contributions within church life”. She sees the medal as recognition of the issues relating to equality, power, vulnerability, gender, theology and leadership that she has been working with at the Central Church Office in Uppsala for the past 25 years.
“These are issues that affect us deeply and that concern everyone. There are many of us who have faithfully raised these matters over the years, and many of us who are now rejoicing. But the work that is particularly close to my heart is preventing and tackling sexual abuse in church contexts. I am not alone in this work, which has at all times received clear support from the Bishops’ Conference and church leaders.
“I’m proud to say that the Church of Sweden has come quite a long way in these issues, while at the same time there is still much to achieve.”
Over the years, Inger Lise Olsen has participated in many ecumenical and international contexts and emphasises that the Church of Sweden is an important sister church for many when it comes to views on women priests, same-sex marriage, leadership matters and religious dialogue.
“I’m happy about my years in the service of the Church of Sweden. It’s an important part of my Christian faith to work in settings where change is both desirable and possible. We can only carry out this work as an open and inclusive church that is willing to learn,” says Inger Lise Olsen.