On Tuesday, December 17, 2007 His Eminence, accompanied be Very Rev. Fr. John Meno attended a lunch in honor of Rev. Dr. Sam Kobia the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. The lunch was hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Several Hierarchs and representatives of both the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches were present. Dr. Kobia who was on a 3 day visit to Washington D.C and New York, briefed the gathering about the challenges facing the World Council of Churches following the Porto-Alegre Assembly.