Award-Winning Columnist, Author, Journalist and Professor, Fountain writes weekly for the Chicago Sun-Times. Fountain has been a reporter at some of the nation's top newspapers. Formerly a national correspondent with the New York Times, he has been a staff reporter at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He is a professor at Roosevelt University and formerly a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Super Sunday Book Talk before the Super Bowl
Come and meet the Author and Award-Winning 
Chicago Sun-Times Columnist:
John W. Fountain will discuss his latest book release: 

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Park Forest Library
400 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, Illinois


What If The Church Left Its Walls?

By John W. Fountain
What if? What if, instead of going to church this Sunday, the church decided to “be” the church? What if, instead of pouring through the doors of sanctuaries across this city and nation to worship at cathedrals grand and small, congregants collectively flooded the streets of neighborhoods where there is no sanctuary for the poor, the widow and the orphan?
What if, rather than dropping tithes and offerings into the collection plate this Sunday, each family sought instead to find another family less fortunate, perhaps down on their luck, living in a shelter, a car, or out on the street?
Or maybe there is a senior citizen who must choose between buying medication or food. Or someone else for whom a more mobile and less self-serving church might become the vehicle for little miracles. Comfort for a grieving mother. A salve for a sick and dying child.
"...What if one Sunday we veered from the routine, 
religion and ritual of church? "

Transformers: Moving Beyond The Church's Walls

Pastor Zachary E. Carey, of True Vine Ministries, leads a march against violence and believes the faith community is critical in the fight to rebuild urban communities and helping to solve the issue of homicide, claiming the lives of mostly young black men.  
By John W. Fountain
OAKLAND, Calif.—At a busy intersection, here in East Oakland, horns blare in the Saturday morning air as a band of faithful soldiers stand and chant.
“Some-bo-dy di--i-ied here,” intones a woman.
“Some-bo-dy di-i-i-ied here,” the group yells back.
Nearby, a mourning mother whose two teenage sons were murdered in separate incidents—less than a month apart—carries poster portraits.
“Honk for Guns Down,” reads a sign. “Honk for Peace,” reads another. In response, motorists sound their horns, smile and wave as they pass.
Among those marching this warm winter’s day are children and also the elderly, black and white, men and women, Baptists and Episcopalians. Some finger the “peace” sign. Others wave colorful placards. Their mission—begun three years ago—remains incomplete.
"The faith community can win where government policies and even laws fail. 
The church can reach hearts and souls and help transform lives."