Faith Seeking Understanding: Medical Assistance in Dying. Reflections by Canadian Anglicans

Canada is one of few countries in the world where medical assistance in dying (MAiD) is a legal option—and the number of permitted contexts (terminal illness, chronic illness, mental illness) is increasing. Faith Seeking Understanding: Medical Assistance in Dying is a resource to assist theologically-focused discussions and to increase understanding of the realities of MAiD. This includes its impact on our communities, our role as Christians, its implications for the marginalized and vulnerable, its relationship with healthcare and social justice, God’s gift of life, or our call to care for those who suffer.

All essays are firmly grounded by faith in the crucified and risen Christ, a desire to live in baptismal faithfulness in compassion and care, and a sense of call to be living out relationally the dignity and new life we are called to in God.

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“Questions for Reflection and Discussion” are included following most essays. Groups are encouraged to read a specific essay for a given week, and then gather to discuss the associated questions for that essay.

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Additional reflections are being considered for inclusion in the final copy of this resource until November 17, 2023. Those interested in submitting an essay for consideration should first send a brief proposal about their intended focus to [email protected]. More information is available in this PDF.