Delaware Public Policy Office

About us

The Delaware Public Policy Office serves as a State Public Policy Office (SPPO) of the ELCA and is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”  We work with congregations and individuals in Delaware to become better advocates for justice. 

To advocate is to plead the cause of those suffering injustice. Advocacy ministry is rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and our baptismal calling to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. It is expressed by advocating with and for our neighbors in need, for the sake of the common good, in places where important political and economic decisions are being made.

Our ministry is based on ELCA Social Statements and social policy resolutions and the ELCA Constitution: “This church shall advocate dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among nations, and standing with the poor and powerless and committing itself to their need…This church shall study social issues and trends, work to discover the causes of oppression and injustice, and develop programs of ministry and advocacy to further human dignity, freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” 4.02 and 4.031.

The policy priority areas for 2020 are Education and the Environment. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Pastor Gordon Simmons at