Privacy Policy

(Privacy policy, as translated into real-people speak, broken into read-able segments like they should be.)

This Site Does Not

  1. ask you for personal information unless it truly needs it. This site does not believe in asking you for things like gender or income for no reason.
  2. share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop strategy for progressive organizing like this resolution, or to protect the rights of the owner.
  3. store personal information on any server unless required to for the ongoing operation of it’s objectives; such as needing a zip code to connect you with your voting representatives or to be able to correctly ascertain how much support we have in various areas.

The Emanuel Nine Feast Day project is part of the domain which is owned by myself, Suzannah Porter. It is my policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while in pursuit of our objectives.

Like most website operators, Epistles will collect non-personally-identifying information of the general sort that web broswers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Epistles’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Epistles’ visitors use its website. This is done through standard industry tools like Google Analytics (which is on most professional sites, including that of the ELCA itself).

Sometimes visitors to Epistles’ spaces choose to interact with Epistles in ways that require the site to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the site gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.

Some examples include things like signing a petition, signing up to volunteer, or donating. Those who wish to receive Epistles’ updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, Epistles collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the site. Epistles does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Epistles discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its affiliated organizers and volunteers that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Epistles’ behalf or to provide services available at the site, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. By using Epistle’s site, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. By “them” I generally mean the two or three people that I guilt into importing code, proofreading material, or fixing data in spreadsheets before I upload it from an email list to a database. While I may email you about a like minded Epistles project in the future, you will (A) always have the opportunity to unsubscribe and (B) when you give your information to me, from that point on you would have to agree to receive emails from another entity before they would have your email. I absolutely refuse to rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

If you are a registered user of this or another Epistles site and have supplied your email address, Epistles may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features or actions you can take, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Epistles and its projects. Epistles’ future plans incorporate various other mediums like blogs or social media to communicate this type of information, so the expectation is to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to communicated it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users, especially if the solution is likely to be only found when incorporating a third party like Mandrill or ActionNetwork (which handle the database and email tasks). This site, and its owner, will take all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. This site, like most sites, uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this site, with the drawback that certain features of may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, sign up forms, petitions, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the site may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at the owner’s sole discretion. I encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.