Good evening all.
Now, I may be considered as something of an oddity and I'm not sure the label Panendeist is the correct one to sum up my theology. Perhaps you can help?
I do not believe in a personal, anthropomorphic God who intervenes in our world. I DO believe that God is the eternal spirit of all that is: found, for example, in the created world, the glories of music, art, justice, equity and truth.
I am an ordained minister (former priest) and I practice prayer - prayer of thanksgiving, prayer of support. Furthermore I believe in the importance of liturgy, music and word in worship. My small congregation use incense, candles, vestments, music as a way of celebrating God.
This being said, I do not for a moment believe that "worship" (or whatever we choose to call it) has any "magic" component to it - what I mean by this is simply when we hold common worship and celebrate Communion it is simply an act of Thanksgiving for life, nature, fellowship, family - whatever.
We describe ourselves as 'Free Faith" as we don't feel we fit under any other umbrella...however, I believe we (indeed, I) are Panendeists. What do you think?