Very helpful Herman. You hit on what I was looking for regarding jurisdictions and with that said I understand Orthodoxy is Orthodoxy and I'm also encouraged by the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America which from the outside looking in looks as if it is a step in the right direction. I have just recently converted to Lutheranism in the past year but find myself still learning more about Orthodoxy. I listen to Ancient Faith Radio and am learning more about spiritual discipline and moral living in Christ which is something inherently missing from Lutheranism. I've also come to embrace the Theotokos as Perfect, Ever Virgin, Mother of God who prays for us and for our Salvation but so did Martin Luther believe it or not. The juridical view of the Atonement is also under scrutiny at the moment after my reading of Reader Timothy Copple's article on the Atonement.
Welcome to Monachos! Christ is in our midst!
Ancient Faith Radio played an instrumental role in my conversion. I found in the podcasts of Father Thomas Hopko and Father Patrick Henry Reardon a powerful witness to a transforming faith in which every thought, word, and deed is to be offered up to God and which does not simply consist in the sum total of theological propositions about but in a transfigured, Spirit-bourne life in Christ. At a time in my life when I had become convinced that I was leading a dualistic life (if "life" one must call it) in the body that had precious little connection with any of my professed theological beliefs (which had their own deficiencies, it must be said), AFR was the right ministry at the right time.
Of course, Luther affirmed the Ever-Virginity of Our Lady. Indeed, all of the major Protestant Reformers did, from Calvin to Zwingli. For that matter, so did Arius and Nestorius (despite not getting anything else about the Theotokos right, most notably, the fact that she WAS the Theotokos). Not surprising, really, when one considers how the Church has always understood the Ark of the Covenant to prefigure the Theotokos and then considers what happened to Uzzah.