Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, has withdrawn from the Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference this weekend in light of protests from gay rights activists that the church promotes an anti-gay agenda. Activists have been focusing on Willow Creek lately, not only because it represents one of the largest, leading Evangelical churches in the world, but because they sense a tide-change in the church’s position on homosexuality. Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels clarified the church’s position after Schultz’s withdrawal.
George Neumayr discusses the state of the church in Germany ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit in September. His analysis? The pope will be an “unwelcome missionary.”
Jim Graves, in Our Sunday Visitor, reports that many churches are instituting dress codes for the summer. Apparently, while churches want to see everyone come through their doors on a Sunday morning, they don’t want to see too much of people.
CNNbelief reports on a new study showing that educated people are actually more religious, contrary to popular belief.