Who is this woman whose songs are feeding
the spiritual hunger in so many?
Monica Brown: Composer, teacher, facilitator, storyteller and community animator.
Her music is sung all over the world by people of all ages in schools and parishes, in family homes and religious communities, in hospitals and prisons and places of gathering and celebration.
Monica's 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.
But none of this 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.
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 was 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 thesis work won the University Research Award of the Year for the State of New South Wales.
Monica's highly acclaimed book, Embodying The God We Proclaim – Ministering as Jesus Did, reflects something of the depth of spiritual insight that typifies her ministry. Monica's expertise is in religious education, spiritual formation, liturgy and ritual, plus the integration of The Arts and creative process. The insights and wisdom of the New Universe Story and Ecotheology underpin all that Monica offers.
She has composed and recorded 18 collections of songs for children 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's songs touch the hearts of so many in the ordinary and far from ordinary moments of life. Her music is used to celebrate, to comfort, to heal and to give expression to the Sacred.
Monica is the founding director of Emmaus Productions and was the original creator and editor of the much-respected liturgy website LiturgyRitualPrayer.com which, under her direction for 17 years, provided schools and communities with meaningful liturgies, rituals and prayers for all the major feasts and liturgical seasons, national and international events.
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 to enable people to get in touch with a sense of God and the Sacred in their lives.