Our name

‘Siloam’ (Hebrew for ‘sent’) is the name of a pool that provided water for the ancient city of Jerusalem. It is cited in John’s Gospel, Chapter 9:7 in the story of Jesus’ encounter with a man who was blind from birth.  Jesus sent him to wash his face in the pool of Siloam and his sight was restored. It was an experience that both challenged prevailing cultural mindsets and liberated this human being. 

In 2004 archaeologists began to uncover a 1st century pool they believe may be the site of the Pool of Siloam in this narrative.

There is also an ancient stone, known as the Siloam Inscription, found near the entrance to a tunnel thought to connect an older pool of Siloam to the Gihon Spring.  There is speculation the tunnel may have been constructed in the 7th century B.C.E. to ensure the city’s water supply if it came under siege.  However the date remains open to further speculation.

The inscription, whose fragments are now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Turkey, tells how two teams of stonecutters using picks worked from opposite ends of the tunnel. As they neared the meeting point they began to call to each other through the rock until they broke through, and the water flowed.

It is our hope that the name ‘Siloam’, as reflected in these contexts, points to something at the heart of what Siloam Centre is about: the restoration of psychological health, spiritual (in)sight and a supported journey to connect with the truth of one’s own experience so that life may flow.
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