Ihor Skochylias. Unity clergy councils of the Kyiv-Vilnia Archdiocese in the era of confessionalization (end of XVI − beginning of XVII centuries).
The article is dedicated to one of the brightest phenomena of the pre-modern Ruthenian Church – Councils of the Kyiv-Vilnia Metropolitanate Archeparchy. The gatherings of the clergy and laypeople took place in the major administrative centers of the Archeparchy (in Vilnia, Hrodna, Minsk and Navahradak) and, in terms of territory, embraced the lands of contemporary Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine, as well as Latvia, Poland and Russia. During the 17th century eparchial councils were the basis for organizing and canonical structuring of the Uniate Church, as well as the significant public forum for articulating cultural and religious agenda of the Ruthenian (Belarusian) nation within the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.