After ctaching flack this summer because of the Starbucks manager berated and fired a gay employee. Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, who was scheduled to deliver a talk Friday titled “How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul” during the annual leadership summit sponsored by Willow Creek Community Mega- Church has cancelled.
Asher Huey of Washington, D.C., criticized Schultz for agreeing to appear at a church with a longstanding membership in Exodus International, a ministry that believes homosexual behavior is destructive and Christians can “grow into heterosexuality.”
“The church that is sponsoring the event … has a long history of anti-gay persecution,” wrote Huey, who gathered more than 700 signatures at www.change.org.
Willow Creek has ended its “official” association with Exidus International and has re-evaluated its healing ministries for people facing addiction, divorce, cancer or sexual identity issues
Alan Chambers, president of the Orlando-based Exodus International has stated that “Willow Creek and other organizations are afraid of the backlash” but that “Willow Creek officials say they remain supportive of Exodus but do not want to be formally affiliated.”
Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church says he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice or that it could be fixed. But he did believe Scripture calls for gays and lesbians to be celibate,