Bishop Duleep de Chickera, of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is reported to have chanted this at the end of his sermon:
I take refuge in God the Father
I take refuge in God the Son
I take refuge in God the Holy Spirit
I take refuge in the One Triune God.
I wrote of the amazing grouse of a remark by Bishop Duncan in response HERE.
The notion of refuge is a Buddhist one, one shared by many sacred traditions including Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
Some years ago I wrote an alternative way of making a faith statement, not as a creed but as a statement of refuge.. a statement of where to go when the going gets rough. For those who will yell and scream and stomp about, this is not proposed as a Creed. That is the point. It is an affirmation about where I go for refuge.
The Bishop of Colombo will not be taking his lumps alone. I too take refuge. I wrote this in 1997.
Here it is:
THREE CHRISTIAN VOWS OF REFUGE.
I TAKE REFUGE IN GOD CREATOR, COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL,
Source of all that was, and is, and will be,
Whose Name is beyond naming,
Who yet is so present with us
That we call out to The One in names of affection,
The names we give our parents, whose offspring we are.
I TAKE REFUGE IN JESUS CHRIST, COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL;
In whom we have known God’s Word and Wisdom,
present and incarnate,
In Jesus, who comes among us as attentive as a servant,
Whose mindfulness heals,
Whose teaching is the Way of Life,
Who welcomes us to eat and drink with him,
And calls us brothers and sisters.
His compassion is our refuge,
Even his compassion in death.
For we remember:
Under Imperial Authority
In a captured province
He suffered humiliation and agony
And death on the Cross.
That Cross has become our Sign,
For his death was not the end,
But a new mark of his healing Grace.
Death could not keep him from us,
His compassion and his teaching
Have no boundaries.
In Him we find ourselves alive.
He is our refuge for all time.
I TAKE REFUGE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL;
Who is present in the Source of all our being,
In Jesus the Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy,
And in the community of all who at table
Together are the Body of Christ,
Where God’s mercy and compassion reign,
Where the Way of Life is practiced,
And Presence and the present are one.
Mark Harris, September 22, 1997
Well it is strange, affirming and wonderful to find that the Bishop of Colombo finds refuge too.