Policy: privacy, copyright, other


  • This site and contents are copyright 2009 – 2023, Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church. The committee is a ministry partner of the General Commission on Religion and Race.
  • 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. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the Legal Department, General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church: Legal Department, Post Office Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; Phone: 615-369-2334, Fax: 866-246-2516.
  • Unspecified Bible translations and stock photos by Tim Vermande.
  • Copyright to some content is held by authors as listed and used by permission.
  • The “photo not available” logo is derived from a public domain image at fundraw.com

You are welcome to reproduce the logos and other material on this website for use in congregations, district, conference, and national offices. All material is copyright protected. We ask that you do the following:

  • Credit the Committee in this or a similar manner: “Copyright Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church, umcdmc.org. Used by permission.”
  • Some content is from other sources by permission; please read and follow any restrictions noted on individual pages
  • In no circumstances may you distribute any of our content for profit. You may not resell our content in any fashion.
  • Many photographs on our website cannot be copied. A few that do not include identifiable persons are available, please contact us about these.
  • If you have any questions, contact us.

Linking Policy

We welcome links from our site. We cannot guarantee the URL of a page or item will not change. You can link to our site from your site as long as it does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of your site. You may include a copy of the UM Disability Ministries logo (but not the United Methodist cross and flame) for identification.

As a general rule, we may include links to sites similar to ours when the linked information is related to United Methodist ministries and 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 United Methodist churches and conferences that are trying to be inclusive and accessible on disability concerns.
  • Reciprocating: 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.
  • We cannot modify the policies under which we operate, which are specified in the current United Methodist Book of Discipline. Only the General Conference can speak for or pass legislation on matters related to the policy of the United Methodist Church.
  • In conformance with rules of the Internal Revenue Service, we cannot promote, affiliate, advocate, or endorse any political party, organization, or candidate, although we may provide information about matters of public concern.

Items that are not suitable for linking at our website may be suitable for a one-time link on our Facebook page or other social media.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

What information do we collect?

  • In general, we do not collect identifiable information from our website visitors. 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 or other social media, 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 information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
  • To improve our website by tracking page usage or reading feedback.
  • To send periodic emails to subscribers. 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.
  • We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for their or any other third party’s direct marketing.
  • We may disclose your personal information: to the extent that we are required to do so by law; in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; in order to establish, exercise, or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information. Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third 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.

Other policies:

  • Your Consent: by using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.
  • By reporting on issues of concern or listing organizations, companies, or other sources of interest to people with disabilities, the Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church 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 request a review copy of books, videos, and other materials before publishing announcements, and may publish such materials in a review or an announcement.
  • 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 2, 2020.

Contacting Us:

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

  • On-line: umcdmc.org
  • E-mail: information@umcdmc.org
  • Post: Disability Ministries Committee, c/o General Commission on Religion and Race, 100 Maryland Ave NE, Suite #400, Washington DC 20002, United States
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