What’s in a Name?
The Hebrew word “siach” refers primarily to “discourse” and is used in the Bible to describe conversations of anger, intimacy, bitter complaint, and sweet praise. By engaging in honest discussion and exchanging ideas, resources, and best practices with colleagues located half way around the globe, we can find new and surprising ways to approach familiar issues in our own backyards.
Yet, Siach also has a secondary meaning: a small bush or shrub. This alludes not only to the environmental aspect of this network, but also to the fact that conversations initiated at the conferences will remain grounded in the small details of the world, while grappling with the big questions of social change.