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Copyright notices and policies

This site and its contents are copyright 2009 - 2020, United Methodist Congress of the Deaf. Unless stated otherwise, permission to reproduce material must be secured in writing.

Design, unspecified Bible translations and stock photos by Tim Vermande.

Bible translations marked (NRSV) are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church.

Copyright to other content is held by authors as listed, used by permission.
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You are welcome to reproduce the logos and other material on this website for use in congregations, district, conference, and national offices. Please remember that all material is copyright protected. We ask that you do the following:
  • Credit us in this or a similar manner: "Copyright United Methodist Congress of the Deaf, an independent and recognized caucus of the United Methodist Church. Used by permission."
  • Some content comes from other sources by permission; please read and follow any restrictions noted on individual pages
  • If you wish to use the content on another website, contact us first.
  • In no circumstances may you distribute any of our content for profit. You may not resell our content in any fashion.
  • Most photographs on our website cannot be copied. A few that do not include identifiable persons are available, please contact us about these.

Linking Policy

We welcome links to our home page or specific pages, although we cannot guarantee that the URL of an individual page or item will not change. You may provide a link to our site as long as the link does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of your site. You may include a copy of our logo (but not the United Methodist cross and flame) for identification.

As a general rule, we are willing to include links to sites similar to ours when the information at the link is useful to our visitors. Acceptance of links is at our discretion. Our criteria for inclusion include:

  • Audience: we seek to address the needs of churches that are trying to be inclusive and accessible on disability concerns.
  • Reciprocating: we usually exchange links—if we include a link to your site, we ask you to list us in an appropriate place on yours.
  • Scope: we do not offer legal, medical, or financial advice or information.
  • Non-commercial: we do not seek to promote specific businesses, industries, or products.
  • We have no control over the content of pages outside of our site, and do not promise that any link is accurate, complete, safe to visit, or free from malware.
  • Items that are not suitable for linking at our website may be suitable for a one-time link on our Facebook page.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

What information do we collect?
  • We collect information from you when you subscribe to our newsletter or fill out a form.
  • When registering on our site or contacting us, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, alternate contact information, or church affiliation. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
  • If you join or post to our Facebook group, we and other group members may have access to whatever information is part of your public profile.
What do we use your information for?
    Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
  • To improve our website(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you).
  • To send periodic emails. The email address you provide for contact or subscriptions will only be used to reply to your inquiry or send you the subscription items.Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
Do we use cookies?

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

  • We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.
  • We compile periodic reports for Committee members and the United Methodist Church concerning the number of contacts, general information about the nature of inquiries, and similar information. These reports do not contain any personal information.
  • Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance: we are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
  • This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.
Your Consent: by using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Other policies:

  • By reporting on issues of concern or listing organizations, companies, or other sources of interest to people with disabilities, the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf does not attempt to influence legislation, nor does it favor, oppose, endorse, participate in or otherwise intervene in political campaigns nor does it recommend, endorse, or otherwise offer preference for any entity. All items of a political nature are reports only, and are open equally to all candidates. For information see IRS FS-2006-17.
  • We believe that all links and similar referrals are accurate, but have no control over content of pages outside our site, including the possibility of malware.
Changes to our Privacy Policy: if we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below. This policy was last modified on January 17, 2014.

Contacting Us: if there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.
On-line: www.umcd.org
E-mail: umdeaf@gmail.com
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