For Christ foresaw how many "would be convulsed with terror at any danger of being tortured" and "He chose to enhearten
them by the example of His own sorrow, His own sadness, His own weariness and unequalled fear, lest they should be so disheartened as they compare their own fearful state of mind with the boldness of the bravest martyrs" (101/2-7).
Marney expressed hope that such pairing "could thus develop a vehicle for transmission of ideas, for communication of thought, for involvement of presence, for sharing of personality." He continued, "Who could foresee what Christian habits would be formed, what character [might] take shape?" On March 24, 1965, Marney and Martin England wrote invitation letters, describing the purpose of the meeting as "to inform and enhearten
all those veterans near us who face issues of social justice." In May 1965, Myers Park Baptist Church hosted a ministers' conference on the theme "How It Is-1965: Church and Race." The meeting drew several hundred participants, including Southern, American, and National Baptists.