I'm sure this has been threaded upon before, but whenever I search for anything, I get the same 10 threads, that are about 47 pages long, and all contain every word ever written.
Now that our family is all Orthodox, we have begun discussing our church back home in the US, where we anticipate we will be anywhere from 50-80% of the time going forward, starting in June. We figured it's better to think about this now, rather than get hectic when we get home. We live in the country, and are equidistant from a number of churches, all about 30-60 minutes away from us: ROCOR, OCA, UOC, GOA, possible an Antiochian church across the river. We are fairly certain that we will be attending either the ROCOR or OCA parish, based on our more Russian background, and some semi-established relationships with them. Of course, we are eager to visit and celebrate with all of them down the road.
Obviously, no one here is going to tell me which one is best, and that would be silly, and obviously, you can't really go wrong, but any one have any experience in this situation, in terms of things that helped them figure out where to go? Also, is it unheard of to regularly attend 2 parishes, i.e., ROCOR and OCA, concurrently. Reason being: the ROCOR church near us is decidedly traditional Russian, which has a good deal of appeal to me in the beauty of worship, and it being close to the tradition I am in my Orthodox infancy in. For my wife, it is ideal, her being Russian, and there seeming to be a few more moms there. At OCA, on the other hand, I have a fairly strong report with the priest, I can experience liturgies in English (the Slavonic can be tough), and the parish clearly needs support, as it is a small mission church, where the priest is working a couple of other jobs. There are great pluses for us to each.