In the thread on the reviving monastery in Kosovo, Abdur exclaimed that Orthodoxy may die a slow death in America. This might happen. At the very least it'll shrink as third- and fourth-generation ethnics leave as they assimilate. But it has a fighting chance owing largely to the small countercurrent that is the convert phenomenon, represented by most Orthodox active online.
Which got me thinking about another phenomenon, which doesn't make institutional Orthodoxy in America look too good - fibbing about numbers of members. A friend once reckoned that if one jurisdiction's real membership were as big as it claims there'd be thousands of people in each congregation and no such congregation exists. The inflated number of all Orthodox in America is about 4 million, topping the Episcopalians, but it's safe to say Episcopalians, themselves an always small and now shrinking denomination, still outnumber Eastern Orthodox. Some places count all baptized members, not just practising members (who I think only total in the 10,000s for all EO groups in the US), which makes some sense, but another counts all members of its ethnic group - people who 'should' be _____ (name the ethnicity) Orthodox (grandparents were at least nominal members, etc.). Foul!