The Shetland Bahá'í Community
...the Earth is but one country and mankind it's citizens...(Bahá'u'lláh)

A History of the Shetland Bahá'í Community
The 1950s

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1953 Convention Launch of 'Ten Year Plan', a World Spiritual Crusade.
The First goal is 'Opening following virgin territories: seven Europe - Channel Islands, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Hebrides Islands, Malta, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands; Four Africa - British Cameroons, British Togoland, Madeira, South West Africa'.
June 1953 'The Guardian feels the following areas are not difficult to settle, and he thinks you should arrange for their settlement at once; and he will appreciate cable advice of each settlement as they take place: Channel Islands, Cyprus, Hebrides Islands, Malta, Shetland Islands'.
22 September 1953 Telegram - 'ASSURE HASSELBLATT DEEPEST LOVING APPRECIATION. (Knight of Bahá'u'lláh to the Shetland Islands). SHOGHI

Miss Brigitte Hasselblatt, an Estionian, was the first pioneer to carry the meassage of Bahá'u'lláh to the Shetland Islands
7-9 September 1956 The first Bahá'í week-end school is held at the Queen's Hotel in Lerwick. The theme was 'The beginning of all things is the knowledge of God'.
A telegram was received from the Guardian:
HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS ASSURE LOVING FERVENT PRAYERS - SHOGHI

A public meeting was held at the Town Hall when Marion and David Hofman spoke on 'The Bahá'í Faith'.
On the 9th September Lilaian McKay declared, the first Bahá'í in the islands surrounding the Scottish mainland. The Faith in Shetland now became a group.
to be continued
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