God, Coffee and Starbucks

It seems the door in public circles is opening wider for discourse about faith.  Starbucks, a socially liberal company is quoting Rick Warren and his Purpose Driven Life on its cups.  Starbucks sees both good business and politics by this move, in my opinion.  Here is what USA Today is saying: It will be the first mention of God in the company’s provocative quote campaign, The Way I See It. In 2005, Starbucks is printing 63 quotes from writers, scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural critics on cups for company-run and licensed locations to carry on the coffeehouse tradition of conversation and debate

Later in the article is this telling quotation from David Halle, director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Society and Culture at the University of California-Los Angeles. “Americans are more accepting of overt religiosity these days, and corporations are good at figuring out how to do it with a light touch, one that’s not going to scare off unbelievers…” Read more of this article:   Starbucks stirs things up with a God quote on cups

The Seattle Times has an article about the campaign and controversies related to it:  Tempest brews over quotes on Starbucks cupsBaylor University pulled 500 cups from its Starbucks store because of a quote from a homosexual author.  (Read more here from Baylors Lariat Online,  the Daily Texan and Starbucks Gossip blog).

On one hand we have the heat of political backlash rearing its ugly head and the other we have the simple fact that people really do want to talk about issues of faith.  Starbucks is smart enough to address both of these.  It is the later of these that mildly offers encouragement about our present culture.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. I find it interesting how many places you see commentary from Rick Warren. He is in this month’s “Fortune” magazine (“The Purpose Driven Manager”), every month in Ladies Home Journal (why do I know this?), and in a number of other places I can’t think of at the moment.
    The USA Today link “Starbucks stirs things up…” is broken; here’s a working one, which includes the Warren quote (“You are not an accident…”), as well of a picture of his “updated look.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-10-19-starbucks-quote_x.htm

  2. I find it interesting how many places you see commentary from Rick Warren. He is in this month’s “Fortune” magazine (“The Purpose Driven Manager”), every month in Ladies Home Journal (why do I know this?), and in a number of other places I can’t think of at the moment.
    The USA Today link “Starbucks stirs things up…” is broken; here’s a working one, which includes the Warren quote (“You are not an accident…”), as well of a picture of his “updated look.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-10-19-starbucks-quote_x.htm

  3. I find it interesting how many places you see commentary from Rick Warren. He is in this month’s “Fortune” magazine (“The Purpose Driven Manager”), every month in Ladies Home Journal (why do I know this?), and in a number of other places I can’t think of at the moment.
    The USA Today link “Starbucks stirs things up…” is broken; here’s a working one, which includes the Warren quote (“You are not an accident…”), as well of a picture of his “updated look.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-10-19-starbucks-quote_x.htm

  4. I find it interesting how many places you see commentary from Rick Warren. He is in this month’s “Fortune” magazine (“The Purpose Driven Manager”), every month in Ladies Home Journal (why do I know this?), and in a number of other places I can’t think of at the moment.
    The USA Today link “Starbucks stirs things up…” is broken; here’s a working one, which includes the Warren quote (“You are not an accident…”), as well of a picture of his “updated look.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-10-19-starbucks-quote_x.htm

  5. I think Rick’s new look is fine, but he still has not lost the flower shirt thing. Indeed he is an influencer of our day.
    The link is fixed, too–thanks!

  6. I think Rick’s new look is fine, but he still has not lost the flower shirt thing. Indeed he is an influencer of our day.
    The link is fixed, too–thanks!

  7. I think Rick’s new look is fine, but he still has not lost the flower shirt thing. Indeed he is an influencer of our day.
    The link is fixed, too–thanks!

  8. I think Rick’s new look is fine, but he still has not lost the flower shirt thing. Indeed he is an influencer of our day.
    The link is fixed, too–thanks!

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