I have the opportunity to go to Macedonia for a year or so. In principle I support the desire of the Macedonian Orthodox Church to be autocephalous -- it's clear that neither the great bulk of the population nor the government will ever accept that it be part of the Serbian church, so it seems to me that Serbia is simply holding the church hostage to no end. However, I recognize that the MOC is of course uncanonical at the moment, and my preference is obviously to worship in a canonical church.
It's not entirely clear to me if the canonical Ohrid Archbishopric consists of a viable faith community -- I know they have been suppressed by the government (although my impression is that they've been freer to operate in the last few years as Macedonia looks toward joining the EU). As far as I can tell, they don't have very many active churches, and many cities have none. I certainly don't want to attend an Ohrid Abp. church if it will cause me or them to suffer problems from the government, nor do I want to cause unnecessary tensions with my Macedonian friends and colleagues.
So it seems like my best option is probably to attend the MOC, at least most of the time. Can anybody offer greater insight as to what the situation on the ground is in Macedonia? Do canonical churches exist, and am I likely to cause suspicion or ill will by attending them? If I do attend the MOC, am I permitted to take communion? I suspect not, although my priest (who admittedly is not terribly familiar with the situation there) said he wouldn't have a problem with it. Thanks for any advice you can offer!