Mary is from Novato, CA and graduated in 2015 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA with a degree in Biology and French. This year she is working as a Patient Advocate at Marie Reed, a beloved community-based health clinic in Washington, DC.
What ties community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice together? For me, the first answer that springs to mind is food. Bread shared, bread broken, bread bought in bulk at Safeway, and the underlying, unsettling knowledge that so few have enough to eat.
As a little girl receiving first communion, I remember being deeply unimpressed at how dry and insubstantial the Host was. After all of the anticipation and the many sermons on the all-sustaining bread of life, I was surprised to find that the body of Christ was not so far removed from a thin piece of Styrofoam. Having been spoiled with my mother’s freshly baked loaves of sourdough and whole wheat challah at home, I was sure that the bread in church was not, in fact, bread at all. How, I asked myself, could that one wafer fill you up?