Ray and Star Silverman are authors and program developers who lead seminars on spiritual development, creative conflict transformation, and relationship enhancement. Their popular seminar, Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments has been taught across America, as well as in Africa, Japan, Korea, France, Brazil, England, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and in the Philippines. Portions of the book have been translated into Czech, Swedish, Japanese, French, Portuguese, and Korean. They are currently working on a new book based on their course, The Spiritual Dimensions of Marriage.
Ray has a Ph.D. in English and Education (University of Michigan), M.A.T in English (Wesleyan University), and M.Div. (Academy of the New Church). Star has an M.A. in Education (University of Denver). She is currently the owner of Know Thyself Nutrition, a self-awareness educational program that helps individuals identify and eliminate foods that cause sensitive reactions (including tiredness, weight gain, skin problems, etc.) As Star puts it, "Your body has the answers to your well being."
Ray currently serves as Associate Professor of Religion, English and Moral Philosophy at Bryn Athyn College. He has also taught at Lincoln University, Urbana University and Mercer University. He is the editor/reviser of Helen Keller's spiritual autobiography, Light in My Darkness, and has written the introduction to Helen Keller's How I Would Help the World, a USA book awards finalist. His new book, The Core of Johnny Appleseed will be published in the fall of 2012 by the Swedenborg Foundation.
In 1986 Ray and Star became certified Marriage Enrichment Trainers (Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment), studying with David and Vera Mace, the founders of the marriage enrichment movement. They have also completed training sessions in PREP: Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (with Susan Blumberg, Scott Stanley, and Howard Markman), Imago: Couplehood as a Spiritual Path (with Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt), Life Coaching with Couples (with Patrick Williams and Lisa Kramer), and The Ultimate Relationship Program (Tony Robbins and Chloe Maddanes).
Ray and Star have been married since 1976. They have seven children and many grandchildren. They currently live in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania.