Connectivity brings responsibility, though, which is where Toilet Twinning wins out. Toilet Twinning takes the ready connectivity which the internet allows, and puts it to work on behalf of some of the world’s poorest people. With the investment of £60 and a few clicks of the mouse button, a toilet in this country (ministerial or otherwise) can fund the building of a safe and hygienic toilet elsewhere in the world with which it can then be twinned. Twinning your loo in this way is a reminder of the life and death issues surrounding water and sanitation in some countries. Not only that, but with a ‘twinned’ toilet you are likely to be reminded of it several times each day! You can visit ‘your’ loo on google maps, and encourage your friends to do likewise so that the project grows.
A recent post on my blog issued a call for serious thinking about digital ethics. Some people think that Christian behaviour online is governed simply by digital etiquette – such as keeping posts and updates polite and not unfriending people without warning. Surely there is more to it than that? Surely we must think about the new kind of moral responsibility which our international and instant connectivity brings us? Perhaps it is time for a set of digital beatitudes? Whilst you are thinking them up, why not think about twinning your toilet today?
The Rev Richard Littledale is Pastor of Teddington Baptist Church in Middlesex and is a graduate of Spurgeon's College, London and Saint Andrews University. A tutor at The College of Preachers, he has a particular interest in innovative and effective communication. His preaching has featured on BBC Radio 4 and he is a regular on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. He is the author of Stale Bread?: A Handbook for Spreading the Story and The preacher’s A to Z and writes as a columnist for The Baptist Times. You can find his blog at http://www.richardlittledale.wordpress.com/