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MONICA BROWN

monica_brown.jpgMonica Brown, composer, teacher, facilitator, story teller and community animator. But none of these roles really tell us about her or about the passion in her life for God and her unique ability in enabling people to come into an experience of God, whatever their circumstances may be. Her workshops, retreats, faith celebrations and concerts leave people wanting more of the God she somehow manages to make real and tangible through her songs and creatively integrated presentations. By maintaining an empowering link to the Christ of Scriptures, Monica has pioneered a creative approach to spirituality, bringing on board mime, story, ritual and imagery, to embody the Jesus that truly liberates.

One of Australia's most highly respected Christian composers and workshop facilitators, Monica is a teacher with additional studies in spirituality, pastoral guidance, liturgy and creative arts. She has been awarded a Masters Honours Degree in Education from the Australian Catholic University, having completed her thesis on spiritual development and the integration of creative process. Her expertise is in religious education, worship and ritual, and scripture story telling through the integration of creative process. Her highly acclaimed book, ‘Embodying The God We Proclaim - Ministering as Jesus Did' reflects something of the depth of spiritual insight that typifies Monica’s ministry.

Monica has composed and recorded 16 collections of songs for children, youth and adults (including the universally appealing "One People One Land") and has written and produced videos and other resources in the area of faith formation, liturgy and ritual.

Monica is the founding director of Emmaus Productions and is also the creator and editor of Emmaus Productions liturgy websites www.liturgyplanning.com and www.liturgyplanningimages.com which provide images, creative rituals, liturgies and meditations for schools, parishes and communities.

But above all Monica is a woman who has allowed her heart to be made sensitive and alive to God in all the arts, in culture and in prayer and scripture. She has a special ability of enabling people to get in touch with a sense of God and the sacred in their lives.