I've been reading posts on this forum for quite some time and have consistently been impressed with how generous and charitable most all of the discussions are (a rarity on most religious forums and many, sadly, that deal with Orthodoxy.)
I suppose that's why I felt like I should post tonight. As the subject indicates, I'm a revert from Eastern Orthodoxy. I started out as an Anglican and through study of the Fathers, particularly from one scholarly man (now an "uncanonical" Bishop and former professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon's), came to embrace Eastern Orthodoxy. This issues, of course, were largely the big ones: the filioque being the prime example. After two years in the Church (OCA-Diocese of the South), I began to feel burdened and overcome by the issues of Ecumenism which, much to my surprise, showed up even in my small, conservative parish. To be blunt, I came to view (and to a large extent, still do) what the World Orthodox Churches sold as a lot of talk, but little substance--sort of like a nice glossy 8x10 lacking a real face behind it. As a result, I went on a downward spiral, grasping for straws to try to keep myself Orthodox. I came into contact with many good people in the Old Calendar movement under Archbishop Chrysostomos and found them to be kind and helpful but I decided not to pursue that road. Ultimately, I abandoned the Church altogether.
Now, I have found myself, through the charity of a godly Bishop in the Continuing Anglican Church, back in that Communion. I don't really have much of a point--I more or less wanted to talk about my walk with Orthodox Christians and searchers and add to the revert voice out there. I hope I haven't offended anyone--the comments I have made aren't to the detriment of any, just trying to be honest.
You are all extremely lucky to have the participation and voices of so many, whether they be New Calendar, Old Calendar, Coptic, or from different denominations altogether. God bless all of you here, especially those who are looking into Orthodoxy--may He bless your journey and grant you peace.