You have three churches in your city that fall under three different bishops of three different synods who are in communion with each other (I assUme). You can very easily end up having three churches in your city that fall under three different bishops of three different synods that are not in communion with each other.
I have to agree with Alveus, this is a pretty useless council that does not seem to address any spiritual issues or heresies. I don't see much good coming from it.
I disagree. We have multiple bishops in the same cities and claiming jurisdiction over the same area. We have three churches in my city that fall under three different bishops of three different synods. What's worse is this situation isn't just limited to America, as Orthodoxy has started to spread it touches just about everywhere that has not been traditionally Orthodox for the last thousand years. This is not OK and it is not Orthodox.
There is the situation with the OCA. OCA bishops are not members of the MP synod, regardless of what anyone's personal opinion about the subject is. The OCA functinos as it's own synod and doesn't answer to any other synod in particular as a mother church. If you walk into an OCA church you will normally hear the local bishop and Met Jonah commemorated.
There is the issue of how autocephaly is granted. There is no agreed on method of how a church's identity is accepted or acknowledged. This should be fixed.
There is the issue of how converts should be received into the church. I know someone who went to a church, was told they had to be baptized, and then went to another church and was told they only need to be chrismated.
Why on earth would anyone not want these issues to be resolved? It's certainly not pointless.
Your last point is quite true.
I am old enough to remember when that was the case among us in my little part of the world with the UOC, Metropolia, MP Patriarchal, GOA, ACROD, ROCOR and others, at varying times over those years not communing with one or even all of the mentioned groups.
When my brother recently went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his friend, the local OCA priest (who was the tour guide) he was told by the tour guide that since my brother was a priest in ACROD under the EP that he would be allowed to be one of the many priests at the Holy Sepulchre who could vest and 'participate' in the Sunday Liturgy. He brought papers from our Chancery to attest to his 'bona fides'. The OCA priest told him that he, being from the OCA, would not be so permitted. (Ironically, no one was checking papers at the door and they both were let 'in' to participate.)
That being said, given the administrative turmoil that does surround all of us, a genuine attempt on a world wide basis to come to some sort of consensus on these types of issues alone seems worth a try.