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Stay Classy, Willow Creek

Bill Hybels' response to gay activists and Starbucks' Howard Schultz.

Last week was the Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit. The annual conference is a convergence of business, government, social, and church leaders curated by the WCA and headlined by Bill Hybels. Past Summits have featured speakers like Bill Clinton, Jack Welch, and Bono. But the buzz surrounding this year's lineup (or "faculty" as the WCA likes to call them) was focused on who would not be there.

Days before the event Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz withdrew because of an online petition launched by Change.org. The gay-advocacy group accused Willow Creek of being anti-gay and threatened to boycott Starbucks if Schultz spoke at the Leadership Summit. The controversy was widely reported in the press, and as 165,000 people gathered at 450 locations around the world for the WCA conference, many wondered how Willow would respond.

The answer? With class.

Bill Hybels' spoke to the Leadership Summit audience about Schultz's decision to withdraw on ...

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