I thought I'd give my 2 cents on my experiences there, and what people should know. Most people who don't know much about EO think it's just like the Western Church, just a bit cleaner from modernism. Well let me tell you, it is very different from the Western Church; in some ways cleaner, but in other ways far more alien; much more toxic, and very, very hopeless. Reason, human thinking, on a fundamental level is dead in Eastern Orthodoxy; it is impossible to be as fully human there as in western christianity, which promotes faith + reason. You are never allowed to ask questions; and nothing ultimately has any reasons; those who ask for reasons, or try to use their minds are inspected suspiciously: "are you one of those dirty western christians? Don't you know that thinking and reason leads to gay marriage and apostacy? Better to not ask any questions and do as you're told." The EO also doesn't have a history of philosophy. Despite sitting on tomes of Aristotle and Plato in their byzantine libraries, it was left to outsiders (ie us, westerners) to properly restore the study of philosophy; the Byzantines sat on Aristotle for centuries and couldn't give a whit about his thought. The abortive school of Palamism is not only anti-Aristotelian, it is also a paltry effort and ultimately stillborn, compared to hundreds of incredible Western Christian philosophers that capably plumbed the depths of existence, the riches of reality, the truths of human nature, and the principles of morality. The byzantine East simply has nothing compared to the western philosophic thought. In short, the byzantines on a fundamental level forbid their people to think about the big questions of life. Once you go past the early Byzantine history of Maximus the Confessor and John Damascene, the number of people who simply engage in thinking dwindles more and more; by the 10th, 11th, 12th centuries there is a veritable desert of human thought in all of the Byzantine empire. And thus in byzantine history there is no large-scale tradition of thinking about life or faith. The Christian beliefs are mostly not defended rationally. Either you accept what they tell you without questions, or you are a dirty western christian, tainted with your reason, with your "thinking". That's why historically EO has only won by force, by brute subjection; get a local king to support you and execute those who oppose you. When the state went against them, as in the 1917 russia, they literally didn't know how to defend their faith against the Bolsheviks. When they came to power in 1999 under Putin, guess what: back to suppressing by state force all those who opposed them. They sat in Africa for thousands of years, and converted almost no one; while the Protestant missionaries in just 100 years (whether of good doctrine or bad doctrine from my point of view), have converted practically the whole continent to Christianity. That's just one instance of the incredible inertness and helplessness, hopelessness, of the E.O. approach to life. The toxicity and irrationality in E.O. culture leads to there being an incredible turnover in EO converts, who jump right back out after a few months in. It's easy to idolize what is unknown, little understood, and far away. The grass always seems greener on the other side. But I was blessed with an early and deep exposure to Eastern Orthodoxy, which helped to inoculate me from ever casting a second look in that direction. It's Anglicanism or nothing for my Christian faith. The Anglican tradition is the best and possibly only option left in Christianity, for anyone who wishes to have the church of the Church Fathers. For those who want to look around and still have the Christian worldview of John Crysostom, Ambrose, Augustine, Cyril, Justin Martyr, and Theodoret (as well as the Anglican Divines, who consciously shaped themselves after those great exemplars). We may have our problems just as anyone, but we also have all the tools necessary to fix them. We have reason and philosophy. We have scripture at our very core. We have the church fathers. We have the Anglican divines and philosophers. No one else has more than 1 of these; we have them all.