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theology studies educator

Reijo Eljas Heinonen, Finnish theology studies educator. Recipient Knight First Class of Order of Holy Lamm, Finnish Orthodox Church, 2003, Knight 1st class, Order of theWhite Rose Finland, 2004, Golden Rule award, United Religions Initiative, Faith Without Borders, 2009.


Heinonen, Reijo Eljas was born on October 3, 1938 in Helsinki, Finland. Son of Aarre Heinonen and Tuomi Kaarina Elmgren.


Master of Theology, University Helsinki, 1965. Total harmonic distortion Tübingen, Germany, 1972. Master of Philosophy, University Helsinki, 1986.


Senior lecturer Porkkala High School, Finland, 1972—1974. Teacher training school University Helsinki, Finland, 1974—1981. Teacher training institute University Turku, Finland, 1981—1994.

Professor history theology University Joensuu, Finland, since 1994. Dean faculty University Joensuu, 2002—2003, emeritus, 2003. Chairman national committee Lutherische Europãische Kommission Kirche und Judentum, 1988—1999.

Co-founder European Forum Teachers of Religious Education, since 1980. Member working group Declaration of Global Ethic In Parliament of World's Religions, Chicago, 1993. Founder, academic supervisor intercultural counseling program Project Islam & West Initiated President Roman Herzog, Berlin, 1999.

Advisory interreligious issues President M. Ahtisaari, 1994. Special expert Interaction Council Year meeting, Helsinki, 2000. Representative Global Ethic Foundation, Germany, Parlament of World's Religions, Cape Town, South Africa, 2000.

Chairman Peace Education Institute, Helsinki, 1997—2006. Lecturer in field; special advisor Finnish University'Partnership for International Development Board, since 2007.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals and books.


Chairman Association Docent University Turku, 1999—2002. Member advisory board Publications Crisis Management Institute, Kuopio, Finland, since 2007. Fellow: Finnish Association of History.

Member: Association Teachers Religious Education (honorary. Chairman 1980-1983, executive director 1974-1979), Club of Rome in Finland.


  • Other Interests

    Music, sailing, skiing.


Married Essi Maria Vatanen, May 12, 1967 (deceased March 15, 2008). Children: Juhana, Aleksi.

Aarre Heinonen

Tuomi Kaarina Elmgren

Essi Maria Vatanen

Juhana Heinonen

Aleksi Heinonen