Last spring the world mourned Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist known for his verve and intellect. But the public’s fascination with Hawking was due in part to how his personal predicament — active mind trapped inside a useless body — mimicked the more general problem of scientific materialism. Human beings have increasingly come to feel they inhabit a physical universe indifferent, blind or even hostile to mortal hopes, dreams, values and purposes. Rev. Gary will suggest that a new Creation Story may be needed — not one that restores the discredited deity of yesteryear, but one that can still provide a sense of orientation, meaning and participation in a cosmos where, as Hawking said, we would be wise to look to the stars rather than toward our feet.