[This article originally posted here at AfterEllen. We're reposting here for educational purposes. Mercy Ministries has been continuing their abuse since 2008. It's been rumored that Gloria Jeans coffee has ceased funding Mercy Ministries, but I do not have confirmation of that. If you have any new information regarding this program, please email Lisa Kerr at email@example.com.]
I just want to bring this to everybody’s attention. Gloria Jeans is an international coffee chain akin to Starbucks. They are partnered closely with Mercy Ministries, a Christian-based (admittedly) anti-choice organization that also “treats” girls who struggle with eating disorders, self-harm, depression, etc. Gloria Jeans claims they are not closely linked and only count MM among many of a number of local charities that they support. However, the Fall Issue of the Mercy Ministires USA magazine (pp.4-5) contains an article about how closely the two are connected.
Here are some links about it:
Gloria Jean’s Coffees Under Fire
Ad Banned: The Price of Homophobia
Ex-gay Group Targets Aussie Lesbians
As a former US resident I can attest that all the allegations are true, and that they count homosexuality as an illness brought on by “demonic oppression” and must be “cast out”. (No, I am not making this stuff up. I wish I were.)
Most of MM’s other corporate sponsors have pulled away from them, but through all of this Gloria Jeans maintains it’s plans to financially support Mercy Ministries. Please don’t give Gloria Jeans your business!
From the latest edition of MM online magazine:
“In addition to the fundraising weekends and money boxes on each Gloria Jean’s Coffee counter, each company employee is educated on the work and vision of Mercy Ministries.”