Conferment Ceremony of the Faculty of Theology, 27 May, 2011

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Honorary Doctors


Metropolitan Ambrosius (Risto Jääskeläinen, MTh, BSocSci) has served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Helsinki of the Orthodox Church of Finland since 2002. For many decades, he has occupied a central role in culture-related public debate in Finland, first as an official of the Valamo Monastery and then as the Bishop of Joensuu, Oulu and Helsinki. Currently he also heads the Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia in Vuosaari in eastern Helsinki. Metropolitan Ambrosius has participated extensively in the global ecumenical debates of the Orthodox Church.

Professor Seikko Eskola completed his doctorate in social sciences at the University of Helsinki in 1966 and held an associate professorship in general history at the University of Tampere from 1974 until 1997. Professor Eskola is an influential figure in research and cultural circles. He has also become widely versed in theology, having served in elected positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, for example, as a long-term member of the General Synod, Vice-Chair of the Church Council and Chair of the Board of the Research Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Professor Lars Hartman served as Professor of New Testament Exegetics at Uppsala University between 1971 and 1995. He is one of the leading New Testament scholars in the Nordic countries and has also played a significant role in fostering and developing cooperation between Nordic researchers. He has dedicated his life work to furthering research in the Gospel of Mark and the epistles, the Judaic and Hellenistic roots of the New Testament as well as in hermeneutics.

Professor Danièle Hervieu-Léger of France is an internationally renowned religious sociologist, who headed the l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales until 2009. Her research has focussed on religion and modernisation and she has written extensively on a variety of topics from religious memory and ecology to the changing European identity and Christianity. Professor Hervieu-Léger is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Archives des sciences sociales des religions.

Opera singer Soile Isokoski is one of the most highly recognised sopranos in the world. She has performed on all the major stages and worked together with the leading conductors in the world. Isokoski is also a master of subtlety, who has performed and recorded not only Lied music but also Finnish hymns and spirituals, the expressive and beloved interpretations of which prove that this opera singer who started her career as a cantor organist still has the soul of a church musician.

Professor Morny Joy from the University of Calgary, Canada, discusses in her publications the theoretical aspects of religious studies from a critical point of view and from the perspectives of hermeneutics and feminism. She is known for her international activities in the associations of her field and as a promoter of the feminist study of religion and self-directed religious activity among women. Professor Joy has worked with Finnish religious studies scholars and philosophers since the 1990s.

Professor Karen L. King, who is among the world’s leading experts in early Christian literature, specialises in Gnosticism, the Nag Hammadi library and other Coptic texts, gender research, and the critical analysis of discourse perceived as normative. King’s chair at Harvard is the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (established in 1721).

Professor Gordon W. Lathrop has served as professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and as visiting professor in several European universities. In his publications, he has extensively explored issues related to liturgics and spirituality. He has actively participated in the activities of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation and is currently the president-elect of Societas Liturgica.

Bishop Alex Gehaz Malasusa is the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the Vice-President of the Lutheran World Federation. As Chancellor of Tumaini University he has taken determined action to enhance its international student, teacher and researcher exchanges. In 1997 the Faculty of Theology concluded a student and teacher exchange agreement with the Makumira University College of Tumaini University.

Dr John Marenbon is one the most renowned scholars of medieval philosophy and theology in our time. He is a senior research fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and fellow of the British Academy. Dr Marenbon has issued several publications which are internationally regarded as seminal works of the field. His specialist areas include medieval thinking with special emphasis on Peter Abelard, medieval debates on the properties of God as well as the development trends of medieval philosophy. He has engaged in a number of research projects with Finnish scholars.

Professor Hugh McLeod first held a professorship in church history and later in modern history at the University of Birmingham. He is a fellow of the British Academy, and for a long time he served as president of the International Commission for Comparative Ecclesiastical History. In his numerous publications he has explored the history of ideas in Britain and Europe in the modern era up the present. Professor McLeod has participated in a number international research projects together with Finnish scholars.