All Faiths was founded in February 2001 when a number of people, along with minister The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson, met to begin the organization of a liberal religious entity.
The name ALL FAITHS was selected because it described the type of congregation the founders wanted to be, one which would include people of many different faiths. The word “Unitarian” was included because many had a previous Unitarian Universalist connection. The term “Congregation” was added out of respect for those members who came from a background other than Christian and would be uncomfortable with the word “church.”
Regular Sunday services began in September 2001 and were held at Dunbar Middle School. In April 2002, All Faiths began meeting at The Alliance for the Arts. In October 2006, we met at The Crestwell School in south Fort Myers.
In March of 2010, the Trinity Community Church building located at 2756 McGregor Boulevard was purchased. Through the generous support of the congregation, the building was updated in order to accommodate our growing congregation.
Finally, in March of 2011, All Faiths Unitarian Congregation became official members of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
We Are Each Other’s Keepers. © Susan Gott.
Cast-glass, 55-inch diameter.
This large glass sculpture “We Are Each Other’s Keepers” was commissioned for All Faiths Unitarian Congregation of Fort Myers, Florida, and installed in 2012. The sculpture is mounted at the front of the sanctuary in a steel frame that hangs four inches off the wall and is backlit with LED light strips, making it glow from the inside.
“As humans, we are all connected to each other, to the earth, to the rest of the universe and time,” artist Susan Gott writes. The sculpture’s “torus” rings are “a symbol of infinity, the cosmos, and spirit. The human figures, faces, and spirals are symbolic of the mystery of our interconnected life force and are the heart of the spiritual meaning of the artwork.”
The sculpture was commissioned by a member of the congregation, the late Joseph Kotler, after hearing a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne A. Robinson entitled “We are Each Other’s Keepers.” Over 30 artists from around the country entered submissions.