First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro (Murfreesboro Presbytery) recently upgraded its internet service.
The goal: Make it strong enough to pierce through its cinder block walls and reach the parking lot and possibly the front lawn with free Wi-Fi for anyone who needs it.
“Offering them internet service is just another way to show what I like to call ‘holy hospitality,’ ” said the Rev. Joy Warren, the Murfreesboro church’s associate pastor.
One of the groups she hopes it can be of use to is area students in need of reliable internet for their schoolwork.
As classes resume in person and remotely across the state, it is clear the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus in Tennessee has created new challenges to learning and exacerbated existing issues.
Churches and members of other religious traditions are stepping up where they can to try to plug some of the holes that have emerged or grown bigger in this current education environment.