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Dr. Frederick (Jerry) Streets served as the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City from 2007-2012. He was the Chaplain of Yale University from1992-2007.

News and Announcements

Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, fall, 2013.

Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets was appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Jospeh, West Hartford, Connecticut, fall, 2013 and served until June, 2015.

New Publications

Social Work and a Trauma-Informed Ministry and Pastoral Care: A Collaborative Agenda. Social Work & Christianity. Volume 42, Number 4. Winter, 2015.

On a journey. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Vol 2 (2), Jun 2015, 160-162. American Psychological Association.

The role of Clergy in Helping the Mentally Ill. New York Times. Monday April 28, 2014.

Faith Matters: Nurturing a sense of the future. New Haven Register. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Press Iran on Religious Freedom. New York Times.Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Response ot the passing of President Nelson MAndela in Huffington Post:

Streets, Frederick J. (May, 2013). "Trauma Informed Ministry and Pastoral Care: An Introduction", in Abel St Anour, Beyond the Mission: A Guide for Pastoral Counselors on Traumatic Stress in Missionary Relief Workers. CrossBooks Publisher, Bloomington, Ind.

Streets, Frederick J. (May, 2013). Relational Social Work and Religious Diversity, in Rosenberg, Judith. Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (Essential Clinical Social Work Series), Springer Press. New York.

Streets, Frederick J.  (April, 2013). The Color of Racism, in:  Reflections, Volume 100, Number 1. Yale University Divinity School. New Haven, CT.

Streets, Frederick J. Streets. (June, 2013): Preaching on the Trauma of HIV and AIDS: A Social Work Perspective, in:  Special Edition: Social Work and Christianity.  North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Publisher. Sandy Hook, CT.

February 19-20, 2013

Rev. Dr. Streets presented a workshop on: Healing Communities: Confronting the Impact of Trauma on Our Souls at the tenth annual Samuel De Witt Proctor Conference, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rev. Dr. Streets was appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, Connecticut. Dixwell UCC is the oldest African American Congregational Church in the knwon world, founded in 1820.

January 25, 2013

Rev. Dr. Streets presented the keynote lecture "Overocming a Fear of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Education and Practice" at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work as a part of its Diversity and Field Advising Seminar Program. Over 200 people attended this event.


FAITH MATTERS: Faith can bring relief from Newtown tragedy

Friday, December 21, 2012

PARENTS and other family members will struggle with what to tell their children regarding the horrific Newtown shooting. Being with other people at a time like this is an important source of support. Relying upon one’s religious faith and participating in the life of that faith community by worshipping and praying together, reflecting upon the sacred writings of that tradition can bring immediate and long-lasting relief of some of the emotional pain caused by trauma.

Parents should not hesitate to get information on the impact of trauma and to get help should they feel they need it for themselves and their children.

Some further points about coping with this trauma:

Parents should reassure their children that they are safe.

Allow children to talk about their feelings at any time they wish. Depending upon their age, they may express their feelings in their play and drawings.

Some children may have nightmares, want to cling to parents and may be afraid to leave home or to go back to school. Parents should be very patient and reassure them that they are safe.

Don’t be afraid to ask your children how they are feeling about what happened.

Children, parents, school teachers and staff across the state will identify with this event and may have some of the same reactions as those directly affected by what happened in Newtown.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are having difficulty coping.

It is important for adults to take care of themselves during such a stressful time. This will further enable them to be there for others.

Some may ask themselves why God allows tragic events. I believe that God has given us free will.

Christians are celebrating Advent. Yet, within the first two years, according to the story of the life of Jesus, King Herod ordered children up to two years old be killed. Such evil and violence has been with us for a long time.

I think God cries when we inflict such suffering upon others. All of our religions remind us that evil will not prevail and that goodness and justice will triumph. We are all responsible for making this happen.

"Countdown to Eternity"

October 1, 2012

Rev. Dr. Streets interviews the award wining photographer Benedict J. Fernandez on his project: "Countdown to Eternity." This is an intimate photographical account of the last year of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Article posted in the New Haven Independent Watch the broadcast that was live streamed that evening

August 1, 2012

Rev. Dr. Fredrick J. Streets was one of the presenters at the Global Leadership Summit at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa held from July 8-20, 2012. Representatives from 20 Universities and three continents participated in this gathering sponsored by the University of the Free State. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, author of A Human Being Died Last Night, facilitated the discussions on personal and social transformation in South Africa.

May 22, 2012.

Rev. Dr. Fredrick J. Streets response to Republican "PAC" on YOUTUBE. View it on youtube at" "Rev Dr. Fredrick J. Streets."

March, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets was a member of a delegation of ten religious leaders representing the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith communities in the United States who visited Istanbul, Turkey in March, 2012. The group traveled throughout the country and visited with reilgious, civic and educational leaders. The purpose of the trip was to foster a greater cultural understanding of Turkey, the religous traditions they represented and the relationship between the United States and Turkey.

December 4, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets has been selected as the Acting Pastor of the historic Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, Connecitut. The "Dixwell Church", founded in 1820, is the oldest African American UCC church in America.

October 4, 2011

New Book Chapter Publication; E-Book

"Religion, Spirituality and Faith," in Global Mental Health and Recovery: A companion Guide For Field and Clinical Care of Traumatized People Worldwide. Dr. Richard Mollica, Editor. Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Available by

June 2009

Trusting yourself is important in taking care of yourself!

June 2009

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