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|1876. 14 Jun
||Birth of George Townshend, Hand of the Cause of God, in Dublin.
||George Townshend; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths
||George Townshend became a Bahá'í, and sent a letter of acceptance of the Faith to `Abdu'l-Bahá. [GT49]
||George Townshend; Hands of the Cause
||Shoghi Effendi retranslated the Hidden Words.
He was assisted by George Townshend and Ethel Rosenberg, the ‘English friends’ mentioned on the title page. [ER246–7, 253–6; GT109, SETPE1p126]
This was to be the start of an 18 year relationship of collaboration between Shoghi Effendi and George Townshend in the translation of the Writings. As well as Hidden Words, he worked on Kitáb-i-Íqán, The Dawn-Breakers, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, God Passes By and by suggesting titles and writing introductions for The Dawn-Breakers and God Passes By. [SETPE1p127]
||Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Translations by; Translation; Kalimat-i-Maknunih (Hidden Words); George Townshend; Ethel Rosenberg; Publications; Shoghi Effendi, Basic timeline; - Basic timeline, Expanded
|1932 (In the year)
||Shoghi Effendi’s translation of Nabíl’s Narrative entitled The Dawn-Breakers was published. Maṭāleʿ al-anwār, as Nabíl's word was entitled, was the most authentic and the main primary source on the early history of the Bábí movement in Iran, was regarded by the Bahá'ís as the definitive account of the Bāb’s dispensation. The work has been translated into many languages, and it has played a major role in familiarizing the Bahá'ís around the world with the historical background of their faith and helping them understand its link to the socio-religious climate of the Persian society in the early days of its development. The original Persian manuscript of Maṭāleʿ al-anwār, has been preserved at the International Bahá'í Archives in Haifa. It is comprised 1,014 pages of 22-24 lines.[“Nabil-e aʿzam Zaranadi, Mollā Mohammad,” by Vahid Rafati, Encyclopædia Iranica, GBF91; PP215]
Shoghi Effendi's translation covered only the first part of Nabil's manuscript, up to 1852, and it may have been an abridgement. The original covered up until the time of the book's completion in 1890. [RR425]
The work took him two years of research. [PP217]
He sent Effie Baker to Iran to take photographs for the book. [PP217]
For George Townshend’s assistance to the project see GT59, 60, 64–9.
For Shoghi Effendi’s purpose in translating and editing the book see WOB123.
See also BBD64; GBF913 PP215–18.
In the "Acknowledgement" Shoghi Effendi credited Lady Blomfield for her suggestions, "an English correspondent for his help in the preparation of the Introduction, Mrs E Hoagg for typing the manuscript and Effie Baker for the photographs. [DB page lxi]
See RR422-440 for other historical accounts that might be used as source documents for the Bábí-Bahá'í history.
See Mary Maxwell's article The Re-florescence of Historical Romance in Nabil. [BW5p595]
||Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Translations by; Nabil-i-Azam; Dawn-Breakers (book); Effie Baker; George Townshend; Publications; Translation; Lady Blomfield; Dawnbreakers; The Dawnbreakers; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum
|1936 3–16 Jul
||The World Congress of Faiths was held in London under the auspices of the World Fellowship of Faiths. [GPB342; GT123]
Shoghi Effendi was asked in a personal letter from the chairman of the Congress, Sir Francis Younghusband, to contribute a paper, a task Shoghi Effendi delegated to George Townshend. [GT123; UD104]
George Townshend read the paper Bahá’u’lláh’s Ground Plan of World Fellowship, which had been approved by Shoghi Effendi. [BW7:635; GT132–3]
For text of the paper see BW6:614–19.
For the conference programme see BW7:634–45.
||London; United Kingdom
||World Congress of Faiths; Francis Younghusband; George Townshend; Interfaith dialogue; Shoghi Effendi, Life of
|1940 30 Jun
||George Townshend preached a sermon in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, proclaiming the Bahá’í Faith to the congregation. [GT171]
||George Townshend; Christianity; Interfaith dialogue
|1947 20 Jun
||George Townshend sent a letter of resignation from the Church of Ireland to the Bishop of Killaloe, naming 30 September for the effective date.
|1947 30 Sep
||George Townshend, at the age of 71 years, resigned his position with the Church of Ireland. [GT195]
He was the first ordained priest of a Christian Protestant church to renounce his Orders and to become a fully accredited member of the Bahá’í community. [GT183]
For the story of his resignation and transition to a lay life see GT199–200, 202.
|1949 (In the year)
||The pamphlet written by by George Townshend to all Christians under the title The Old Churches and the New World Faith was sent out to 10,000 “responsible people” in the British Isles on the occasion of his resignation from the church. [UD470]
||Ireland; United Kingdom
||George Townshend; Christianity; Interfaith dialogue
|1951 24 Dec
||Shoghi Effendi appointed 12 Hands of the Cause of God, the first contingent of Hands to be appointed. BBRSM127; BW12:38–40, 374–5; BW13:333–4; MBW20; PG223-224]
They were Sutherland Maxwell, Mason Remey, Amelia Collins (she had been appointed in 1946, but her appointment had not been made public), Valíyu’lláh Varqá, Tarázu’lláh Samandarí, ‘Alí-Akbar Furútan, Horace Holley, Dorothy Baker, Leroy Ioas, George Townshend, Herman Grossmann and Ugo Giachery [GBF110–11; MBW20; PP253–4]
||Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Appointments; Hands of the Cause, Contingents; Hands of the Cause, First Contingent; Sutherland Maxwell; Charles Mason Remey; Amelia Collins; Varqa, Valiyullah; Varqa; Tarazullah Samandari; Ali Akbar Furutan; Horace Holley; Dorothy Baker; Leroy Ioas; George Townshend; Herman Grossmann; Ugo Giachery
|1957 25 Mar
||Hand of the Cause of God George Townshend passed away in Dublin, Ireland. (b.14 June, 1896) [BBD226, BW02-03p169]
For his obituary see BW13:841–846.
See also David Hofman's biography, George Townshend.
Shoghi Effendi had appointed him among the first contingent on the 24th of December, 1951. [MoCxxiii]
His pamphlet entitled The Old Churches and the New World Faith was his statement upon severing his relationship with his colleagues in the Anglican Church. [CBN No 89 June 1957 p1]
A talk given by O.Z. (Zebby) Whitehead at an Irish Bahá'í Summer School.
||Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths; George Townshend; In Memoriam; Hands of the Cause, First Contingent
|1957 27 Mar
||Agnes Alexander was appointed a Hand of the Cause of God on the passing of Hand of the Cause of God George Townshend. [GBF112; MBW174; PP255]
||Agnes Alexander; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Appointments; George Townshend
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- Baha'u'llah's Ground Plan of World Fellowship, by George Townshend, in Faiths and Fellowship, Proceedings of the World Congress of Faiths Conference (1936). This talk, proposing a practical scheme for addressing the problem of world-fellowship, was delivered at the first World Congress of Faiths conference in London in 1936 — one of the earliest Baha'i papers to appear in a modern interfaith setting. [about]
- Christ and Baha'u'llah, by George Townshend (1957). The Kingdom of God, as foretold in the Bible, has come and Baha'u'llah is the Return of Christ. [about]
- Heart of the Gospel: The Bible and the Bahá'í Faith, by George Townshend (1939). Using only the text of the Bible, Townshend provides a new reading of Scripture as a guidebook for those who seek a universal view of religion and the contemporary world. [about]
- Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah: A Reflection, by George Townshend, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 3 (1928-1930) (1930). Reflections on the meaning and significance of Baha'u'llah's Hidden Words. [about]
- Irish Bahá'í Summer School, by Adib Taherzadeh (1999). A wide-ranging talk on the administrative order, anecdotes about George Townshend, and time spent in Ireland. [about]
- Letters of Abdu'l-Bahá, by George Townshend, in The Mission of Bahá'u'lláh and Other Literary Pieces (1952). An appreciation of the spiritual power of the writings of Abdu'l-Baha. [about]
- Picture Gallery of Early British Bahá'ís (1998). Published in honor of the UK Baha'i Centenary, 1998/99. [about]
- Prayer "Make me a hollow reed," Source of, by Universal House of Justice (1999). The prayer "Oh, God, make me a hollow reed..." is neither by Abdu'l-Baha nor George Townshend, and its author is unknown. [about]
- Promise of All Ages, The, by George Townshend (1934). Overview of Baha'i teachings: a "sketch of the religious teaching of Bahá’u’lláh on the subject of the unity of mankind and the establishment in this century of a universal and permanent peace." [about]
- Selected Talks and Statements on Interfaith Issues by Religious Leaders and Scholars, by George Townshend and Swami Vivekananda, in Singapore Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 4 (1999). Compilation of addresses to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore; also includes talks by Jonathan Sacks, Abdullah Yusof Ali, Robert Runcie, and Pope John Paul II. [about]
- Seven Valleys of Baha'u'llah: A Meditation, by George Townshend, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 7 (1936-1938) (1938). [about]
- When the Saints Come Marching In: The Art of Bahá'í Biography, by Sidney Edward Morrison and Frank Lewis, in dialogue magazine, 1:1 (1986). Comments on hagiography, including reviews of nine popular Baha'i biographies. Includes response "In Praise of Saints" by Frank Lewis (from dialogue 1:3). [about]