August 12, 2011
Hybels shows Schultz a little grace after Starbucks CEO bows to boycott threats
Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks was supposed to speak at The Global Leadership Summit at the Willow Creek megachurch. But that didn’t happen.
Schultz decided to back out of his talk after a small online petition called for a boycott of Starbucks if Schultz maybe the Willow Creek appearance. The official word from Starbucks was quite opaque. Via the Chicago Tribune:
Huey didn’t mention that Willow Creek left Exodus two years ago.
Willow Creek is an evangelical church, and their beliefs on homosexuality are about what you would expect. They definitely don’t approve of homosexuality, but they’re not the rabid gay bashers that Huey suggests.
But, as The Atlantic noted, “Starbucks is still pretty touchy about that homophobia thing.”
Kind of crazy that Schultz and Starbucks could be that easily influenced, but their stranglehold on gourmet coffee has definitely slipped. Dare I say, I prefer the brewed coffee at McDonald’s some days.
How did Willow Creek respond to the negative treatment. With a good touch of grace. Check out Pastor Bill Hybels in the above video.