I prefer to use the word naturalism because it describes exactly what pantheists are trying to get atNo it does not. Naturalism says just that everything is part of Nature. Strong naturalism also excludes the supernatural. Naturalism has nothing to say about how you respond to Nature. It says nothing about social or environmental ethics, or ways of celebrating. Awe is not part of any definition of Naturalism. If you add awe in then you are already moving beyond Naturalism.
Human beings crave relationships, but we should understand by now that some of us are in love with beings that don't exist!Some are - eg theists. World Pantheists are not. What we revere is Nature and the wider Universe as revealed to us by our senses and by science. Period. We explicitly reject any and all supernatural beings, realms or forces.
The natural world, the universe, is enough!! All that is...IS. We don't have to pretend there is something outside of, or beyond, the natural world.Pantheism does not pretend that AT ALL. For us it's exactly the same as what you say.
I think pantheism is comfortable for people who SEE reality, but want to FEEL they are "connected".That part is true. We see the same reality as science sees. It's not so much that we WANT to feel connected. We just DO feel connected. And this is not just wishful thinking. It is a scientific fact that we all ARE connected - we are all linked by the same gravitational and electromagnetic fields, we are made of the same kind of stuff as everything else, we share a common origin in the big bang.
I do think most "spiritual" Atheists are drunk on fresh air & fragrant flowers if at all moved by their awe and enjoyment of wild parts of the planet.What, tell me, is wrong with that?
The ultimate test of meaning is whether people make after life claims without evidence.The World Pantheist Movement makes no such claims. Check us out.