Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz has decided not to speak at a church that once supported 'ex-gay' therapy, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Schultz was scheduled to deliver a talk Friday titled How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul during the Willow Creek Association's annual Global Leadership Summit taking place Thursday and Friday at its South Barrington, Illinois church headquarters. The Willow Creek Community Church has 6 Illinois campuses.

Starbucks confirmed that Schultz will not appear at the summit on Friday, but denied the about face had anything to do with a petition launched last week that asked Schultz to repudiate the church's connection with the “ex-gay” group Exodus International.

However, Willow Creek Community Church says it cut ties with Exodus in 2009.

Exodus believes gay men and lesbians can – and should – alter their sexuality. The group says this can be achieved through “reparative” therapy, the discredited pseudo-science that opponents say confuses shaming gay people into being celibate with conversion and creates real psychological harm.

Church spokeswoman Susan DeLay told the paper that Willow's views on homosexuality had evolved.

“They were one of the few Christian organizations having conversations with people who struggle with being gay,” she said.