If I convert, I want to be recognized as a member of the orthodox church, not as member of an specific ethnic group or as a convert.
My experience, teresita, is that this recognition comes, first and foremost, from within yourself. If you want to live your life with the religious identity of an "Orthodox Christian" instead of a "Greek/Russian/Arab/etc. Orthodox," then it will happen. There will be people in the Church who wish it were otherwise, and those outside the Church who assume that it is
otherwise, but be firm. I myself am not a single part Greek, Russian or Arab, so when people ask me if I'm Russian Orthodox, I say with a grin, "Nope! Scotch-Irish-Cherokee Orthodox!" then tell them I'm an Orthodox Christian
It should be one big church, loving one God, not different groups. It appears to me that there are more divisions within the church. Is my observation out of reality? On my understanding this is an American practice, developed by the immigration.
You're right in noticing the jurisdictional divisions, which, yes, were started through immigration and lack of communication with Moscow during communism. This doesn't mean a lack of unity in faith or doctrine, though, and all sacraments are universally recognized and accepted. So it really is one Church, albeit with many different jurisdictions. Some allow the ethnic thing to get in the way of "love thy brother," but that is not your problem, teresita. If you become Orthodox -- I hope you do! -- then be Orthodox; the food, language, etc., are not
what hold you in this faith!
My priest...is wonderful, but I am afraid to discuss this subject with him.
As has been said before, I'm sure he would love to discuss things with you. If he's worth his salt as a priest he'll be more than willing to listen.