I usually stay quiet on the forum in aspects of the AOCA when I view the comments positive like Tamara's, as I feel that they are representative of the way most Antiochians feel about the Church. Personally, I am very happy in AOCA after having been in both Greek and Russian jurisdictions. I have known some on this board who were unhappy in the AOCA and they were led into jurisdictions that have met their needs better and they are happier. Like Tamara, I have found greater peace and happiness in my affilitaion with the AOCA than in the other jurisdictions. As a convert it seems to be the best fit.
Our parish was founded by a Priest who was trained at St Peter and Pauls in Ben Lomand and serving in our Parish when the tragedy struck there---there of course was a great sorrow for him as he witnessed the tearing apart of that parish that brought him into the Church, his daughter was there at the time, yet he remained in the AOCA and continued to bear witness to the importance of unity within the AOCA. He was a great witness for Christ in our Parish. He led many into the faith and has gone on to larger parishes in the Archdiocese but still rmembered for his obedience and stalwart witness to unity of the Faith.
Since that time, the AOCA has gone past that struggle and gained self-ruling status from our Patriarch. As many in all jursidictions in the US, we are sorrowful about the lack of unity among the various jursidictions but I must admit, most Antiochians that I have met feel they are loved by their Bishops and love them in return whether they are convert or cradle middle-eastern believers. They are joyful with being in the AOCA, like Tamara, we often want to share that joy with other Orthodox not with a tone of "Antiochian triumphalness" but our of joy and happiness---we want everyone to feel the same joy we have at this time.