The Episcopal Diocese of Newark established the web site www.dioceseofnewark.org to facilitate communication and sharing of information within the diocese and among our churches and beyond. As this web site contains contents of a religious nature and serves as a medium for evangelism, a protocol must be established to cover its usage and contents. It is important to remember that www.dioceseofnewark.org is an extension of our diocese and a direct reflection on us as stewards of God's service and Word.
The Episcopal Church is a firm supporter of the First Amendment which guarantees the right to free speech, however certain contents and usage of the web site may be inconsistent with the site's intent and considered inappropriate. Such uses include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- Activities that are illegal or fraudulent.
- Use that inaccurately implies endorsement or approval of sponsorship by the Diocese of Newark.
- Use that can be confused with official communication of the Diocese of Newark.
- Advertising of any commercial services.
- Activities that violate diocesan and parish/mission members' privacy.
The Diocese of Newark is not responsible for content it does not directly post to its web site or contents of those sites linked through www.dioceseofnewark.org (such as local parish or affiliated organization web sites). The Diocese reserves the right to remove content or links violating any portion of this policy.
At the point where contents of a sensitive nature must be restricted, the Diocese reserves the right to restrict access to these portions. Therefore, the Diocese may, at any point in time, restrict access to any portion of the web site to any or all parties publicly accessing www.dioceseofnewark.org.
The Diocese of Newark reserves the right to discontinue any or all online services at any time or to revise the terms or content of this policy.
(Adopted by Diocesan Council, April 12, 2000)