Rev. Frederick Streets Conducts Fulbright Research on Faith-Based Reaction to AIDS Crisis in South Africa

Rev. Freddy Streets

Jan 30, 2008 Reverend Frederick Streets, PhD, the Carl and Dorothy Bennet Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Pretoria, South Africa. He will travel to the University of Pretoria and work in its department of practical theology for the spring semester.

Dr. Streets will study how the HIV/AIDS crisis is affecting South Africa. He hopes to gain a deeper understanding of faith-based communities’ collaboration with public health organizations to address the crisis, as well as the challenges such partnerships present to both religious and nonsectarian communities.

As an ordained Baptist minister and licensed social worker, Dr. Streets is accustomed to bridging the divide between religious and secular organizations. “The department of practical theology’s interdisciplinary approach to dealing with children and families coping with HIV and AIDS is consistent with my experience of pastoral care research and teaching courses in professional schools of theology, social work, and counseling,” said Dr. Streets.

“I want to leave with a better understanding of how South Africa’s response to HIV/AIDS can contribute to our world community’s efforts to address this pandemic,” he said.

Sheldon R. Gelman, PhD, Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, said: “We at Wurzweiler are immensely proud of Jerry’s accomplishment and look forward to his return in the summer when we will all benefit from his research in South Africa.”

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