Is the Religion & Values section of Saturday’s Portland Press Herald slowly disappearing? I’m concerned. While I’m not affiliated with any religious institution, I am interested in matters of the spirit. I appreciate the local voices you’ve published from people of various faiths.

There’s never been a more important time in our nation’s politic for messages from spiritual leaders to reach the public. Witness Bishop Michael Bruce Curry’s powerful message of love at the British royal wedding. Or the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II of Goldsboro, North Carolina, who is moving Martin Luther King Jr.’s message into an alliance of impoverished folks from all races. Issues of poverty, empathy and justice are major concerns of all communities, not just religious ones.

There are many of us in Maine who want and need to hear messages from people of faith, believers in a mystery beyond what our eyes can see, our minds understand. These voices can provide a moral compass and help us navigate these troubled times.

Sara Archbald