An Interview with Sam Sieber

15 March 2022
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Each year we welcome ordinands (“trainee vicars”) from the CambridgeTheological Federation to do a placement with us at Foxearth Meadows. (This year we have three: Nathanael, Chris and Amy).
 
Last year we enjoyed Samantha Sieber spending time with us. She introduced herself as “the Ginger American” and came with a reputation as an eco-warrior at Ridley Hall, her college in Cambridge. Sam has kept alive her links with us in a wonderfully helpful way, while busy as Curate at St Germain’s Church in Birmingham. Andy put some questions to her. 

Could you tell us some thoughts about your week with us a year and a half on – what you remember most and what has made a lasting impact?

For me one of the best parts of spending time at Foxearth Meadows was spending time with people who were Christians, passionate about their faith and passionate about caring for the planet. Also, seeing that outworking in how they cared for the reserve. It was also fun to spend time on the reserve learning about all the plants, insects and animals. I had never seen water mint, wild thyme or a natural bee hive before.  

No doubt youre very busy now with a wide range of things.  Are there opportunities for you to integrate your environmental concern into your life and ministry?

The church I am doing my curacy at has a real heart for God’s creation and that is seen is all that we do to care for creation.  The church has an Eco Team and engages with the Big Green Week. (This is a week of activities and awareness-raising around caring for the planet.) We celebrate Creationtide and mark Climate Change Sunday. The church is also in the process of replacing their broken heating system with a carbon neutral one.  As the curate, I am looking into working with the group of people that care for our church veg patch in how we can expand the garden work to help engage people more with care for the garden and care for their faith in Christ. We also have a community café that is run by the Junk Food Project.  

Were so grateful for your pioneering help in setting up social media for Foxearth Meadows and working with Jen at ARUK HQ on this. Could you tell us a bit about how you hope the sites will work? 

After my visit to Foxearth Meadows I wanted to support the work happening there in some way but as an ordinand I wasn’t able to support them with financial help. During my visit I realised that the reserve had no voice on social media. If Foxearth Meadows has a presence on social media it would be such a great way of helping people to see what a wonderful place it is and all that it has to offer to people that visit. I mentioned starting a social media account on Instagram and Facebook but the team didn’t think they had the capacity or the know-how to make that happen. After praying about it and assessing my work load I offered to help with this. I got connected to Jen at A Rocha UK and we have been working together ever since to help highlight all the great work and care going on at Foxearth Meadows. It has also been fun to spotlight all the wonderful plants, animals and insects at the reserve — especially the dragon and damselflies! Curacy has been busy but I do my best to keep on top of sharing online about the reserve and hope to be able to give my time in that way to Foxearth Meadows for the foreseeable future.  

I am also hoping to visit again and maybe do some live ‘reporting’ as well as see all the lovely people I met in 2020 again. 

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