Rhonda was kind enough to allow me to post her paper here as downloads (see below). The paper is worth the read. Here is a brief quote:
Organizations have long been structured like a machine, divided into multiple parts which have varying functions, and ignoring the human beings which compose it. The church has also followed this form. But now the key determinant in our world is being recognized by scientists as relationship, and the consequences of this are influencing our whole society...
In the new science, the structure of processes and potential relationships is what is central to being. Relationships determine who we are, how we think, what we become. We are not isolated machines but are interconnected and influenced by all with whom we come in contact. The Church as ‘friendship’ and ‘relational conversation’ fits well with this concept; deep relationships are centered in love, which changes the individual and then the world.
Thanks, Rhonda, for sharing!