Since its legalization in Canada in 2015, Medical Assistance in Dying has become a significant part of end-of-life care. Since 2015, legislation has expanded eligibility for MAID and there are proposals for further expansion. MAID is now part of the social landscape of Canadian society, posing new questions and challenges for Christians.
This non-credit online course from Montreal Dio is an opportunity to encounter a variety of Christian perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying. Participants will learn more about the ethical questions it raises and how some Christian traditions are answering them. There will also be attention paid to the pastoral questions it raises and how Christians can minister sensitively in a context in which MAID is legal. And there will be an opportunity to consider broader theological and cultural questions about what the legalization of MAID says about the nature of Canadian society and economics and how the church is called to respond.
This course will be co-taught by Cory LaBrecque, Erin LeBrun, and Jesse Zink.
About the Instructors
Cory LaBrecque is Professor of Bioethics and Religious Ethics at Université Laval. He teaches and writes widely on suffering and end-of-life care.
Erin LeBrun is a spiritual care provider in Montreal and an instructor in the Master’s in Practical Theology program at the Université de Montréal.
Jesse Zink is the Principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College and canon theologian in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.