I went to the OCA, as their claims to be the canonical Church in America were sound.
Could you (and Witega) elaborate on this? I believe there is a meaningful distinction between being a canonical jurisdiction (with OCA's autocephaly being acceptable) and a claim based on being "the" sole canonical Church in America (and does that apply to the whole continent, just the USA, etc.)?
Do you believe that GOA, Antiochian, or even Russian parishes in the US are somehow "less" than the OCA?
I'm just trying to understand the implications, assumptions and underpinnings of this issue. From what I've read (arguments on both sides) the arguments against OCA's autocephaly (based on canon law, history, etc.) and Russia's dominion over the entire continent seem most persuasive, but you 2 are intelligent and reasonable so I'm interested in your thoughts.
To answer the question- I chose GOA because the college professor that turned me on to Orthodoxy was GOA, he and his wife became my godparents, and I like the use of Greek since it is scriptural.
I am now at a different GOA parish (I moved) and I'm there because of the priest and the fact that the community is so welcoming (and large numbers of converts).