If you ask a Russian, he will tell you he is Russian Orthodox. If you ask a Serb, he will tell you he is Serbian Orthodox, If you ask a Greek, he will tell you he is Greek Orthodox. If you ask any of the others, he will tell you whatever Patriarchate he is under. I am Antiochian Orthodox, that doesn't mean I'm Antiochian by ethnicity, but it does identify the succession that i am with.
Greetings! My name is Josh, and I am an inquirer of the Greek Orthodox faith.
Sorry to try and correct you Josh, bugs the heck out of me when people word it like that. Whether you are Greek, Russian, Serbian, Antiochian, Jerusalem ect it's all the same Orthodox Church. For example, you wouldn't say "I have a Greek Orthodox friend." you say, "I have a friend who is Orthodox and happens to be Greek." We are all Orthodox, it's all the same, the traditions change a little bit. Leave ethnicity at home and don't bring it to the Church.
I dunno, this looks pretty Greek to me...
Sounds like a separation of the Church to me. We have Orthodox who are Greek, speak Greek, practice Greek tradition and live in Greece, but they are still Orthodox. Ask a Russian, American, African, Chinese, Serbian, etc if they are "Greek Orthodox" and they'll say no, I'm Orthodox.
To me it is clear that this is not a reflection of apostolic succession, but rather the underlying nation-state nation-state to which the jurisdiction traces back its history. Antioch is an exception, as nation state borders there were subject to much change over the centuries so I suspect, its flock self identified as being "of Antioch".
Interestingly, the two North American jurisdictions founded by Rusyn immigrants to the USA are the OCA and ACROD. The Rusyns are a nationality without a home country, coming from what are now parts of Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Hunary, Serbia and Romania. http://www.slovakia.org/society-rusyn.htm
If you were to ask a typical parishioner of either, what religion they are, the most likely response today is "Orthodox Christian."