Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying: Ethical, Pastoral, Theological, and Cultural

An Open Enrolment Course

Tuesday evenings, January 30th to February 13th, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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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.

Learn together!

We want to encourage people to learn together. You can join this course as an individual, but we also encourage you to gather with a friend or group in a parish hall, living room, or over Zoom to participate in and to discuss the class afterwards using the resources we provide. Whether you have three people or a dozen people gathered together, register as a group and the cost is the same. Group leaders will be given a Zoom link which they can distribute to their group members.


Regular: $60/person, $150/group

Friends of the College: 50$/person, $120/group

There will be a $25 late fee for anyone who registers after January 25th, 2024.


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About Open Enrolment

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