About Fraternized

Fr. Ted

Fraternization is turning people (even one’s enemies) into one’s brothers and sisters.   It is the work of Christ’s disciples.  Ted Bobosh retired from the priesthood (Orthodox Church in America) in 2019. These posts are his meditations and observations on a variety of topics, including things he is currently reading as well materials he read in the past which influenced his outlook on life. The opinions he offers are his own and may not reflect any ‘official’ view. Most of the photographs in the posts are his own. He welcomes you to engage in reflecting on these topics by offering your thoughts as a fellow sojourner in God’s beloved world.

You can contact him at bobosht54@gmail.com. You can view his photograph at https://www.flickr.com/photos/frted/ .

48 thoughts on “About Fraternized

  1. Fr. Plafonovich

    How nice to hear a “Blogger Priest”. Your son was right to bring you into the present day because you have much to offer. Please continue to do so. Your posts, while a bit long, are however, ripe for discussion. Your candor is appreciated.

    1. Father Schmemman seemed to be anti-government for his solution of social problems – I reconcile this with being anti-soviet – and for the individual through his church to solve community’s problems. How do you reconcile Father Schemman’s thoughts with your thoughts about the Enlightenment(Jefferson, etc.) and the individual. Thank you. Chris

      1. Fr. Ted

        I need a little help – to which of my comments on the Enlightenment are you referring? I am not sure exactly to what you are referring. Sorry.

  2. Bless me, Father.

    I am writing a paper on the Orthodox Bishops and globalization for the School of Community and Public Service at the University of Massachusetts. I’m wondering if you would be willing to answer a few questions about how the bishops deal with the immigration and telecommunication aspects of globalization. Please, email and I’ll send the questions to you.


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    1. Fr. Ted

      I’m ok with that. I only ask that you include links back to the original blogs so that people can see the entire originals if they so desire.

      1. I’m still trying to learn how to accomplish this. My few readers will have to access this sites by their names until I can accomplish this. I’m not very technical.

    1. Fr. Ted

      Thanks for letting me know about this. It is the amazing thing about blogging and the Internet – you never know where in the world something you wrote might appear (for good or ill!).

  4. Carol Grench

    Father Ted,
    Thank you for doing this blog. They have been very inspiring and thought provoking. Thank you, also, for being there for my mother, Freda.

  5. John

    Bless father,

    I need a permission to translate some of your articles into Arabic. Some interesting subjects are not treated well enough in Arabic.

    Pray for me

  6. Dear Fr. Ted,

    You’re clearly on a roll…keep em coming. You are illuminating the path more clearly than anyone else right now.

    I hope you don’t mind what i did with your articles at http://members5.boardhost.com/STANDREWHOUSE/msg/1285537849.html and http://members5.boardhost.com/STANDREWHOUSE/msg/1285338899.html

    It was the only way I could “point” our facebook page dedicated to Orthodox Episcopal Assembly to them. You’ll see I also provided links to your blog at the bottom of the page.

    You’re not too far from us (St Andrew House is in Detroit)…we need to get together! Perhaps we can meet at Bp Mark’s Chancery for lunch?

    Best Regards,
    Dean Calvert

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  11. Martina Aras

    Dear Father Ted,
    I have read your blogs, which i really pleased about its context. So I am a theology student (Orthodox), I would like to ask you whether is possible to subscribe my email in order to recieve regular blogs.
    Many thanks

    1. Fr. Ted

      Yes. Just scroll down a little on the blog and you will see a link for you to subscribe. The link says: Follow Blog via Email
      Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  12. Hi Fr. Ted!

    Can you comment on the up coming Ecumenical Council scheduled in 2016? Also, I’ve heard some talk of the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church engaging in dialogue with the Orthodox Church as well. Have you or can you give any insight as to whether anything productive would come out of such dialogue?

    I’ve been asked to pray for Christian Unity. Roman Catholic guy here. The world is watching a divided Christianity constantly pulling itself apart. Hopefully the 3-4 billion non-Christians in the world will choose Christ over Muhammed. We have a better chance if we hammer out our differences.

    In Christ,

    Ron Iacone

    1. Fr. Ted


      I really have no great insight into the 2016 Council. It is fraught with all of the tensions and stresses that currently exist between the various “Old World” Patriarchates. At this point I would say that council is likely to be highly scripted and choreographed so no surprises are likely to occur and rather more likely some status quo is going to be affirmed.

      As for anything productive occurring between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox churches, as desirable as Christian unity may be for dealing with the non-Christian world, I would be surprised if anything productive was happening because of the same tensions and stresses mentioned above which hamper Orthodox internal unity. I think Orthodox unity problems are not related to doctrine, where there probably is solid agreement among the various Orthodox patriarchates and jurisdictions. The issues are ecclesial disunity with Orthodox churches tending to be very “nationalistically” oriented with no shared global vision. In some ways this is not bad as it reflect the real way in which Christianity has become incarnate in different cultures. And instead of expecting a monolithic conformity, perhaps what Orthodoxy needs is the ability to embrace the differing cultural needs and concerns of the various Orthodox people throughout the world.

      Things move very slowly in the Orthodox world, so one has to see change over centuries rather than over years.

  13. Hi Fr. Ted,
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    I would like to personally congratulate you as your Fr. Ted’s Blog has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 60 Orthodox Blogs on the web.
    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 60 Orthodox Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!
    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

  14. M.R. Slater

    What sources did you get this quote from Saint Gregory the Theologian asserts that the phrase “each one heard them speak in his own language”

  15. Noelle Angelus

    Sigh….of relief….I am so happy to find a sane site on the teachings of Orthodoxy ! I have cringed at much of what I discovered on the internet, finding it Fascist, fundamentalist, and/or completely false. Having had a wise schema monk as my Spiritual Father for 20 years, (who has now entered complete solitude), I am very fussy about what enters my mind and heart re Orthodoxy. Your blog is harmonious with all that I learned from my wise and loving teacher …a rare blessing in this computer land of blah, blah, blah….God Bless You, and thank you !

  16. I’ve been looking for some decent Orthodox blogs as my spiritual direction continues to move more toward the East. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog.

    I am not actually Orthodox but I feel like Orthodox blogs are the best way to develop a better understanding of Eastern spirituality, or at least find literature in that field by seeing who they cite in their posts.

    1. Fr. Ted

      Blogs are a way to learn about Orthodoxy, and for some a good way. But remember all the limits and dangers of getting all your information online. Bloggers sometimes love controversies as they can increase traffic and some are addicted to those numbers and say things to attract attention. Think about what St Paul says about love in 1 Corinthians – that is a more reliable guide to who is being faithful to Christ. Measure blogs by their faithfulness to Christ not on how popular they are or how much you agree with them.

  17. Dear Fr. Ted
    Peace be with you
    I found your article when I did a Google search for some paintings and pictures for my post on Jn 5 vs 39-47. I read your article about knowing Christ through scripture. St Jerome said ” To know scripture is to know Christ ”
    I am from the Roman Catholic Church . I am a Master Marine Class 1 , who sailed on large Tankers etc for 21 years and in the past 21 years have come ashore . I gave the ideas for the biggest Bible smuggling operations in China between 1981 to 91 + to Brother Andrew of Open Door to smuggle them by sea. Today over 100,000 NON Christians come to Christ every day in China. I preach only to Non Christians, I heal the sick , cast our demons and have raised the dead to life . In the past 21 years ashore I have brought over 48,500 Non Christians to Christ .From these 8500 are Muslims .
    Please continue your Blog , your writings are filled will good meaning of Scripture and Jesus Christ .
    God bless you, your family and Ministry

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