What if the Antiochians and OCA merged? We can see that these two groups are very close and probably closer than any other jurisdictions in North America. I am interested in what everything thinks or any ideas that anyone has. I know this is probably just a pipe dream, but I like to dream anyway.
I decided to look at each group's bishops, where they reside & what the situation could look like.
This is a map showing the current situation with Bishops in the Antiochian Archdiocese & the OCA. There is VERY little overlap between these two. The only city where there is more than one Bishop is Ottawa. (I didn't include Met. Philip because I didn't know where he is located)
So I decided to then make a little map showing the current situation with Bishops, then trying to draw up jurisdictional lines for each diocese.
The diocese I came up with were (with their respective Bishops)
Diocese of Eastern Canada (Unknown Bishop)
Diocese of Western Canada (Unknown Bishop)
Diocese of Alaska
Diocese of New England (Bishop Nikon)
Diocese of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut (Unknown Bishop)
Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania (Bishop Tikhon)
Diocese of Western Pennsylvania (Bishop Mechizedek)
Diocese of Washington D.C. & Delaware (Metropolitan Jonah or Metropolitan Philip)
Diocese of Ohio (Bishop Mark)
Diocese of Michigan (Bishop Nathaniel)
Diocese of the Appalachians & Carolinas (Bishop Thomas)
Diocese of the South (Bishop Antoun)
Diocese of the Midwest (Bishop Job)
Diocese of the Great Plains and Ozarks (Bishop Basil)
Diocese of Texas and New Mexico (Unknown Bishop)
Diocese of the Southwest (Bishop Joseph)
Diocese of Northern California, Utah and Nevada (Bishop Benjamin)
Diocese of the Northwest (Unknown Bishop)
Diocese of Mexico (Bishop Alejo)
Then for fun, I decided to figure out jurisdictions should all three (Antiochian, OCA & GOA) merge... The yellow lines denote new diocesan lines as a result of the Antiochian-OCA-GOA merger...
The diocese would then be split up more into smaller segments, the situation in Chicago could be resolved by moving a bishop to Milwaukee (or Minneapolis/St. Paul) and giving the more northern states to them. By creating a separate "Rocky Mountains" diocese with Colorado and New Mexico. Splitting Florida from the Diocese of the South and giving the Carribean to Bishop Antoun. Splitting up the Northeast into more segments.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?