definition of body | john howard yoder

"Body" is an ancient image for the human community. When I use it as a modifier, it pins down the awareness that each member needs and serves each of the others, that the whole is more than all of the parts, and that the interdependence of all is structured according to an already given plan, flexible and able to grow, but neither chaotic nor infinitely negotiable."

John Howard Yoder was a Christian Anabaptist theologian and ethicist. I'm reading Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World for my course starting this term:  Christian Ethics.