Institutional failure is all around us The world is on fire. We’ve entered a new nuclear age once more, it would seem; and a trade war has begun as well. Meanwhile the CIA Director (a Trump yesman) just became the Secretary of State and war looms. It’s a troubling time to be a Christian building an alternative option, through the Spirit, that runs directly in contrast with the mythos and ethos of American civil religion. The alternative, I assure you, is better. So if you are weary from the insufficiency of the American option, I hope you will give the Circle of Hope option a chance. And if you are reading from afar, maybe you can start your own alternative—I hope we inspire you!