“Do you know that people hate you?”
Blount has been working with the Rev. Heather Morgan from Columbia Hope Episcopal Church to plan an upcoming interfaith community worship service.
The service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 in Peace Park, as part of the Mid-Missouri Pridefest.
The Rev. Dick Blount was surprised by this question a few weeks ago. A young man who Blount had been counseling asked him this after Googling the retired minister on the Internet.
A Google search of Dick Blount brings up several local articles, including one about a protest of Blount led by the Westboro Baptist Church. Unfavorable reactions to Blount’s social activism are usually consequences of his public support for the LGBT community, which he has shown by supporting the domestic partner registry for same-sex couples Columbia passed last year and opposing the passage of California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state.
Blount says he does not hate people who have shown opposition to his ideas, nor does he want to argue with them.
“I want to have a dialogue with them,” Blount said. “I want to get to know them better. I feel sorry for them. I see my work as a ministry of love, and it’s threatening to them.”
Blount’s work includes the formation of the Open Door Ministry organization at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street, which aims to diminish prejudice against homosexuals in Columbia.
Read the rest of the story at the Missourian Neighborhood News blog.